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R5DC Seeks Applicants for Native Culinary Artist-in-Residency and JEDI Fellowship

Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) is seeking to host two individuals for these unique opportunities: Native Culinary Artist-in-Residency (NCAIR) and JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) Fellowship.

The Native Culinary Artist-in-Residency is set to begin in May 2022 and extends through January 2023. The NCAIR program is designed to offer an Indigenous culinary artist an experience that provides the time, resources, tools, and space to expand their cooking artistry and to share their cooking passion with rural restaurants in Central Minnesota, and through workshops and special programs to community. Special events and other opportunities to present work will be co-designed with the awarded artist.

The JEDI Fellow will participate in a variety of activities to gain broad experience in local and regional justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues and opportunities. This fellowship experience includes working with private, public, and non-profit organizations and gives a better understanding of local government. The fellowship timeframe is from May 2022 to April 2023.

These positions are funded by a grant from Northwest Area Foundation and seek to expand cultural awareness. To learn more and apply, visit or contact Dawn Espe, Equitable Development Specialist, at or by phone at (218) 894-6013. Applications for both positions will be accepted until 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 15, 2022.

Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) is a high-performing, regionally focused partner providing community development, economic development, and transportation initiatives in central Minnesota. R5DC programs are strategic and resilient in nature, and contain an inclusive and collaborative approach, with an emphasis on local foods/agricultural and renewable energy economy.

Established in 1934, the Northwest Area Foundation supports grantees across its region of eight states and 76 Native nations who use their wisdom, passion, and expertise to advance social, economic, and racial justice.


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