Lil Artist

Led by local artist and Headwaters art instructor, Beth Andrews, this 8 session program will be filled with fun and messy art projects that will introduce pre-k children (2.5-5 yrs) to basic art concepts such as color and texture. while exploring age-appropriate media. The class will be assisted by local artist, Jacki Graves.

Starting March 29th | Cost to attend $100 per child ($90 for Headwaters members)
Two sessions available: Thursday 2:30 – 3:15 or Thursday 6:00 – 6:45

Mini Musician

Led by vocal instructor, and licensed teacher, Miranda Campbell, this 8 session program will introduce children (2.5-5 yrs) to rhythm, beat, and pitch, allow them to explore a variety of musical instruments, and to build a repertoire of songs your family can learn and sing together. Saxophone instructor, Allison Conner, will assist.

Starting March 26th & 27th | Cost to attend $100 per child ($90 for Headwaters members)

Two sessions available: Monday 4:30 – 5:15 or Tuesday 6:30 – 7:15

Poetry & Music | Athena Kildegaard

Poet Athena Kildegaard of Morris brings to Bemidji a special performance that brings poetry to life in music.

Kildegaard has written a book which has found a true home for tenderness in a world so desperately in need of it. Jim Moore

Athena Kildegaard (Minnesota Book Awards finalist) reads from her new book, Course. “I Give Voice to my Mother,” composed by the noted Minnesota composer Linda Kachelmeier, will be performed by award-winning pianist Ann DuHamel and Anika Kildegaard, up-and-coming Twin Cities soprano.

Book signing to follow. Find out more about Kildegaard or order her book here

Athena Kildegaard is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Herstory: Celebrating Women’s History Month Opening Reception

Headwaters Music & Arts will host the curated exhibit Herstory: Celebrating Women’s History Month during the month of March. The exhibit, curated by local artist Paul Swenson, celebrates women and women artists in particular.

March was declared National Woman’s History Month in 1987 and since then has been a time to celebrate individual women of historical importance, groups of women of historical importance, and women in general and their importance in history. Swenson says of the exhibit “Women have generally been written out of history and when mentioned are usually  portrayed in stereotypical roles. With this exhibit we celebrate women and women artists in particular.” The exhibit will feature art from thirteen local artists.

The public is invited to the First Friday opening reception from 4 to 6 pm on March 2nd, there is no cost to attend. The exhibit will be up for the month of March.

Headwaters Open-Mic Coffee House

Headwaters Open-Mic Coffee House will be held Friday, March 2nd, 7-10pm. The CoffeeHouse is a volunteer-led community event with a relaxed and welcoming tone, held the first Friday of most months. The event features music and spoken word performance in a supportive and family-friendly environment. Good coffeehouse fare is available courtesy of Cantabria Coffee Co.

This month’s CoffeeHouse will be hosted by local musician, and Bemidji Area Youth Commission Advisor, Rachel Munson. Rachel will be joined in her hosting capacity by the Bemidji Area Youth Commission (BYAC), a commission of the Bemidji City Council. The BYAC exists to represent the interests and concerns of a broad spectrum of youth in the Bemidji area and to seek out and promote ways to foster a healthy and positive environment for youth and families in the community.

The BYAC will be dedicating the March 2nd Headwaters CoffeeHouse to Spring Fever. It is a difficult time of year for many and the BYAC would like to spread some early spring cheer with as many folks as possible. The BYAC will be selling carnations during the CoffeeHouse to raise funds for their upcoming June 7th Youth Rally.

All ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up for a 10 to 15 minute set. Feel free to Bring a song or poem about spring. Sign up begins at 6:30. Admission is $3/person or $7/family.

For more information contact John Henningsgaard at 218.444.9845

Monroe Crossing | Fundraiser Concert

Headwaters Music & Arts welcomes world-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing to appear in concert at Bemidji’s Historic Chief Theater on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm. Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada. The Chief Theater is located at 414 Beltrami Avenue. General admission tickets are $20 and available online, at Brigid’s Pub, or Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji.

Concert proceeds support Headwaters Music & Arts music scholarships and summer camp programming.

Open Chess

Open Chess is held most Sundays 1:00-3:30 pm.  This is an opportunity for  informal matches  with other area players. Again, all skill levels welcome. Free chess lessons are offered during this to anyone with an interest to learn chess, or to improve their skills.  There is no charge to attend; free will donations welcome.  


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Music Medley Night | Feat. the talents of our Instructors

Headwaters Music & Arts celebrates the impressive talents of their music instructors! Join us for an informal evening of blues, bluegrass, jazz, classical and contemporary music performed on guitar, banjo, violin, cello, piano, sax, trombone, and accordion as well as some great vocals.

Our talented instructors come from a variety of musical backgrounds and we will feature and celebrate their individual styles on February 23rd with our Music Medley Night.

Doors open at 6:30 for social hour. There will be a cash bar provided by Brigid’s Pub. There is no cost to attend.