Rural Arts ‘Punches above Its Weight’

A “creative placemaking” funder says that supporting rural arts and culture projects provides a good return on their investment.

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Lanesboro Arts Campus, $ 313,000 to Lanesboro Arts Center (Lanesboro, MN)
Lanesboro Arts Center seeks support to transform the entire rural community of Lanesboro, Minnesota (pop. 754) into the Lanesboro Arts Campus.

Neah Bay Village Longhouse Commons, $ 500,000 to Makah Tribe (Neah Bay, WA)
The Makah Tribe will develop a Longhouse Commons along the planned Waterfront Trail on the Makah Indian Reservation in downtown Neah Bay to serve as a year-round indoor/outdoor community gathering and performance space.

Old Town Artists Residency to $ 150,000 to Bunnell Street Arts Center (Homer, AK)
Old Town Artists Residency program will galvanize the community around Homer’s Old Town neighborhood through the creation and presentation of new work by artists in residence that activates the arts center’s space and surrounding outdoor sites including the Old Town People’s Garden Greenway.

Prattsville Art Center and Residency, $ 200,000 to Town of Prattsville (Prattsville, NY)
Central to its rebuilding efforts, the Town of Prattsville will renew a flood damaged building into Prattsville Art Center and Residency to engage artists-in-residence in town planning and design as well as public exhibitions and events to reimagine the future of this rural town as it recovers from a natural disaster.

Rainforest Theatre Festival, $ 250,000 to Perseverance Theatre, Inc (Douglas, AK)
Perseverance Theatre will develop a summer theatre festival with the potential to reach visitors and locals with a rich mix of full productions, new play development and works in process, and training opportunities that provide authentic experiences in Juneau to encourage cultural tourism.

Sonoran Desert Retreat Center & Residencies, $ 536,740 to International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA) (Ajo, AZ)
The International Sonoran Desert Alliance will accelerate creative placemaking in Ajo, Arizona through the completion of its Sonoran Desert Retreat Center, the launch of an artist residency program at the retreat center featuring traditional and contemporary Tohono O’odham and Mexican artists, and the creation of a tri-national border-themed community arts installation.

The Mad River Industrial Art Park, $ 350,000 to Dell’Arte (Blue Lake, CA)
As a pioneer in creating “theatre of place,” Dell’Arte and its partners will bring that vision to the rebranding and activation of the Mad River Industrial ArtPark. Through curated arts programming, visual identifiers and the expansion of its own Mad River Festival to this space, Dell’Arte will connect art, industry and artisanal cultural work to promote economic development in the rural California community of Blue Lake.

The Walter Soboleff Center, $ 475,000 to Sealaska Heritage Institute (Juneau, AK)
The Walter Soboleff Center, a 29,000 square foot cultural arts center, will stand in the center of downtown Juneau, adjacent to the historic district, one block from the waterfront, and in close proximity to the State Capitol and the shops and restaurants frequented by residents, the legislature, and hundreds of thousands of tourists whose cruise ships dock at the wharf each summer. Through its design and programming the Center will establish Juneau as the primary destination for authentic Alaskan Native art experiences.

Uniontown Creativity Center, $ 362,300 to Uniontown Community Development Association (Uniontown, WA)
Building on nearly 20 years of volunteer-led revitalization efforts, the expansion of the self-sustaining Uniontown Creativity Center and associated public art installations will improve the connection to the rural town’s historic business center, increase the integration of creativity in the town’s fabric and solidify the identity of Uniontown as a center of creativity.