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We have started work on our annual publication, Collaborating for Success!

We have began work on our annual publication, Collaborating for Success. This 20-24 page full color directory of seasonal activities informs community members and visitors to our area about upcoming 2019 summer and fall events. Headwaters accepts ads from local business and organization that host summer events which often includes camps, private instruction schools, or summer events. New this year, Collaborating for Success will also include business sponsorship ads from local businesses without events.

Collaborating for Success has a broad audience. Local families look forward to receiving Collaborating for Success as they plan their summer activities, and it has also become a resource for visitors to the community. Over 4,000 copies are sent out to area students in late April-early May, to the Bemidji, Cass Lake, Red Lake, Walker and Park Rapids school districts as well as area charter and private schools. Additional copies are delivered to area visitor centers and other public entities.

We are proud to offer this colorful, high quality publication to our community. We are also excited to set a goal to allocate any profits to fund our art space renovation project. We are still in the early fundraising stages, but we are dreaming big! Our plans include separate pottery and visual art studios, new furnace and AC, storage, shelving, and a wheelchair accessible entrance.

Collaborating for Success has limited space and contributors are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Those who are interested in purchasing space in the publication will need to confirm their commitment by February 15th. The publication will be completed April 15th.

Do you want to find out more? How about look at our 2018 publication?

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Coming Home: Songwriters Cultural Exchange

Contact: | 218.444.5606
When: Friday June 9th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Headwaters School of Music and the Arts | 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
Who: All Ages
Why: The performance features performers who have all drawn on their culture and family traditions to create authentic and meaningful art. The event will shed light on why these songwriters do what they do.

Berit Dybing, Erlend Odnes Kløvning, Caige Jambor and Corey Medina will take the Headwaters Music and Arts stage on June 9th from 6-9pm. Coming Home: Songwriters Cultural Exchange will be a mix of craft talk and performance. The audience will have the opportunity to listen to the four young singer/songwriters give insight into the songwriting process in between performances of their own songs.

Berit Dybing is a free-lance singer-songwriter/ entertainer from Bemidji, MN. She is now circulating around Minnesota and Europe, after spending a year studying Jazz and Vocal Performance in Norway.

Erlend Odnes Kløvning is a free-lance musician and performer, from Hamar, Norway. He has spent the upper half of his life studying jazz music and playing the guitar. After graduating from a music-intensive high school in Stange, he continued his jazz studies at Trøndertun Folkehøgskole in Melhus, Norway.

Berit and Erlend share a band called Bareland. The band bloomed out of the experiences they shared while studying at Folkehøgskole the last year. Their music is inspired heavily by the concept of identity. Berit’s texts and Erland’s melodies circle each other and speak of the relationships people form, and the environment that surrounds them.

Caige Jambor is a touring musician from Bemidji, MN. He comes from a strong musical background. Caige taught himself to play guitar at a young age. Since then he has been exploring different genres and instruments.

Corey Medina is a Native American Blues Artist from Shiprock, NM. Corey currently plays, writes and produces music with the Incepticons while also traveling with his band known and The Brothers. Corey Medina and Brothers set out to spread light to dark, and hope to the hopeless with their raw, soulful, intimate music and stage presence.

This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Community Arts Education Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Coming Home: Young Songwriters Workshop

Saturday, June 17th. Workshop / 10:00 – 5:00 pm, Registration required
Show case / 6:00 – 9:00 pm, open to the public

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts | 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601

Workshop / Ages 13-21. $25 per person
Showcase / Open to the public | 218.444.5606

Participants will leave the 7-hour day feeling inspired, with a basic understanding of methods that have kept the creativity flowing for professional songwriters for ages. Participants will also leave with a few pieces of original and collaborated work to add to their repertoire.

Berit Dybing is drawing on her recent experiences in Norway as a performer and songwriter to host a Songwriting Workshop Saturday June 17th, 10:00 - 5:00 pm at Headwaters Music and Arts. She will be joined by fellow instructors Erlend Odnes Kløvning, Caige Jambor, and Cory Medina. Together they will encourage participants to explore and draw upon their own heritage and culture throughout the workshop.


In the morning the Workshop will focus on Lyrics, working in groups to collaborate on texts and melodies that fit together, while exploring technique that the individual can tailor to themselves, they discover which works best for their own specific writing style.


The afternoon will be spent focusing on the full picture: Composition. The group will work together to create a backbone for the texts that were written, and shape the melody with harmonies and rhythms that will turn any simple “song” into an expressive work of art.


Following the workshop the participants will have an opportunity to take part in a songwriters showcase. The Showcase is meant to present the young writers with an opportunity to perform their work for an audience. The showcase is open to the public, and starts at 7:00PM.


This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund through a grant awarded by the Region 2 Arts Council.