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Lanesboro Arts awarded 2014 Bush Prize for community innovation


Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts staff in the gallery, from left: Sara Baskett, program/marketing director; John Davis, executive director; Courtney Bergey, director of advancement; Robbie Brokken, gallery director. Photo submitted

LANESBORO, MN - December 2, 2014 – Lanesboro Arts has won a 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation from the Bush Foundation. The prestigious prize was awarded to ten organizations in a three-state region that have demonstrated a strong commitment to creative, innovative problem-solving.

“Lanesboro Arts has a remarkable story of innovation that is a testament to the power of inclusive, collaborative and resourceful problem-solving,” said Bush Foundation president Jennifer Ford Reedy. “We are thrilled to promote this innovative organization and provide it with creative capital to tackle its next big idea.”

“This incredible honor recognizes the progress Lanesboro has made over the past 30 years,” says John Davis, executive director of Lanesboro Arts. “We’re excited to use this opportunity to build capacity for our organization and continue to serve the community.”

The Bush Prize honors and supports organizations with a proven record of creating innovative solutions to address community challenges and opportunities. Winners are chosen for innovations that have been developed through inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets, and that are more effective, equitable or sustainable than existing approaches.

“The history of the organization, beginning with the Lanesboro Art Council in 1980, demonstrates the values of the Bush Prize,” said Davis. “The revitalization of the St. Mane Theatre, the merger with Cornucopia Art Center, and most recently the implementation of the Lanesboro Arts Campus vision, have all contributed to the vibrancy of Lanesboro’s arts community. We’re proud to continue carrying the torch for the artists, audiences, and community members who started this organization long ago.”

Bush Prizes are awarded to organizations of all sectors, from healthcare to social services to economic development. The Bush Foundation serves Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. This year, 10 Bush Prizes were awarded; Lanesboro Arts was one of only four organizations in Minnesota to receive the Bush Prize. 2014 Bush Prize winners: Minnesota: Breaking Free, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Rochester; Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Northfield; Lanesboro Arts, Lanesboro; Native American Community Development Institute, Minneapolis. South Dakota: Face It TOGETHER, Sioux Falls; .....
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Parade of Lights to benefit SEMCAC Food Shelf in Rushford

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

RUSHFORD, MN – Merchants Bank is once again helping to organize the Rushford Parade of Lights at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 13 in downtown Rushford. Cookies, cocoa and cider will be served at the Rushford Fire Hall during and after the parade. ..... 
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Parade of Lights to benefit SEMCAC Food Shelf in Rushford

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

RUSHFORD, MN – Merchants Bank is once again helping to organize the Rushford Parade of Lights at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 13 in downtown Rushford. Cookies, cocoa and cider will be served at the Rushford Fire Hall during and after the parade. ..... 
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Parade of Lights to benefit SEMCAC Food Shelf in Rushford

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

RUSHFORD, MN – Merchants Bank is once again helping to organize the Rushford Parade of Lights at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 13 in downtown Rushford. Cookies, cocoa and cider will be served at the Rushford Fire Hall during and after the parade. ..... 
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Houston Hollidazzle

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Houston Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2nd Annual Houston Hollidazzle. On December 6, 2014 families will have the opportunity to come to Houston and make a day of it! The festivities start at 10:30 a.m. with a “Dashing through the Snow” one- ..... 
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“Naughty or Nice” for the holiday Lanesboro Live show on Friday, Dec. 5

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Damon Prestemon has been waiting a long time to entertain audiences with his holiday version of the Lanesboro Live show, “Naughty or Nice”. He is really excited to engage the audience in deciding which version of songs will ..... 
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2014 WAHS Christmas tours and concert

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

The Wykoff Area Historical Society will celebrate the season with Christmas Home Tours and a Christmas Concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wykoff. On Saturday, December 6, Christmas Home Tours will feature area Wykoff homes beautifully dec ..... 
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Celebration event for the ‘Libraries Grow Community’ Mural Project

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – The public is invited to attend a Celebration Event for the ‘Libraries Grow Community’ mural project at the Lanesboro Public Library on Tuesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. There will be refreshments – make your own ice cream su ..... 
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Houston residents present tourism findings

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Hein Bloem (L) and Matt Schutte (R) from Houston, Minn.; Vicki Oakes (2nd from right) of Clinton-Beardsley-Graceville and Peg Davies of Akeley (3rd from right) shared their preliminary findings in a tourism study of their small town areas. The repre ..... 
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