Annie Dugan let's us know about a few great reasons to celebrate art this week:
AICHO's American Indian Community Housing Organization Arts Program has been designated as a Regional Cultural Treasure by the McKnight Foundation, for its ongoing work to honor "the resiliency of Indigenous people by strengthening communities and centering Indigenous values [and providing] a year-round space within Gimaajii-Mino-Bimaadizim for Indigenous artists to showcase and sell their work."
Avenue C in Cloquet has been named as one the cohort of the 2021 Artists on Main Street program, allowing artists to submit proposals for grant funds for the "West End Flourish."
Joyce la Porte was awarded a grant by Springboard for the Arts as part of their Equitable Rural Futures Project for her creation titled Make a Village, Ojibwe dolls intended to "draw the community into a dialogue about family, language, and safety in the community, reminding youth and elders alike that there is always someone there for you no matter what the crisis is." They will be displayed later this summer in the community library on the Fond du Lac Reservation.
Springboard for the Arts has also created the Rural Regenerator Fellowship, designed to help generate creative solutions to problems faced in rural communities.