Small towns harvest big rewards from focus on the arts

Author:
Updated:
Original:

More and more watercolors and Handel's Water Music are mixing with the iconic water towers in Minnesota's rural towns with an economic payback.

The Star Tribune focuses in on how the state's Legacy Amendment, the Constitutional dedicated arts fund, is boosted by private foundations to grow a healthy crop of music, theater and visual arts throughout the state. Projects include artist grants in Fergus Falls, to a major gift to produce an 'arts campus' in the quaint, quirky Lanesboro. Arts supporters say the push helps recruit and keep residents and nurtures the small towns' economies.

USDA Senior Projects Advisor Chris Beck says Minnesota is 'arguably the nation's model in terms of rural philanthropy.' He recently gave a shout-out to Minnesota, calling last month's Rural Arts Summit in Morris, 'a remarkable gathering.'

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-04-23 at 12.32.29 PM

We rescued a baby squirrel and then named him Merle

I'm just a squirrel, standing in front of a couple, asking them to love me.

snow

Slushy accumulation possible Sunday; 80 degrees Monday?

Where the snow falls, it could accumulate – mainly on grassy surfaces.

Minnesota Sex Offender Program Moose Lake

Charges: Psychologist sexually assaulted 2 clients at Minnesota Sex Offender Program

The 38-year-old from Duluth is facing charges of criminal sexual conduct.

13598 89th Ave N, Maple Grove, Minnesota

Gunshot leads to temporary lockdown at school in Maple Grove

The school was locked down for about 10 minutes Friday morning.

duluth police department

Lengthy standoff in Duluth ends with Thursday night arrest

The suspect had barricaded himself in his home more more than seven hours.

police lights

Charges: Drunk driver reached 107 mph before fatal crash in Rochester

A 24-year-old woman died when the speeding, drunk driver struck the vehicle she was in.

Brooklyn Center, protest, Daunte Wright

New police rules ban white supremacist affiliation, set policy for protest response

The new rules come as the Minnesota Legislature has failed to pass bills on such measures.

ambulance

2 teens killed in head-on crash on Hwy. 55 in west-central MN

The collision happened around 9:45 p.m. Thursday.

lake water

Man hanging onto overturned canoe rescued from northern MN lake

The man was taken to the hospital after suffering from hypothermic medical conditions.

Related