Group to apply for grant to recruit artists [UPDATED]Published 10:15am Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Updated 12:17pm Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Fergus Falls City Council is supporting a grant to recruit artists to Fergus Falls and teach them about the community.
The council on Monday approved a resolution to support a grant application for the National Endowment for the Arts, to be submitted by Michelle Anderson, rural program director for Springboard for the Arts.
“For those who do not know, we are an artist-led economic community development organization based in St. Paul,” Anderson said. “and we opened our first satellite office here in Fergus Falls in June of 2011.”
Anderson said they are making a proposal to the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” program, which is a program that focuses on an arts based community development strategy called “Creative Place Making.” “Creative Placemaking” is a topic that Springboard has become a national leader on through their work down in St. Paul and want to expand the program to Fergus Falls.
“‘Creative Placemaking’ is when partners from all sectors come together to shape the physical and social character of the community and enhance sense of place,” Anderson said. “Springboard has a unique approach where we actually train artists in … participatory art making.”
Anderson said they would like to customize their artist training curriculum that would help artists understand more of the past and future of Fergus Falls. Anderson then said they would like a letter of support from Mayor Leland.
In other news:
• The council held a closed session to discuss the conditions of a letter of interest for a possible sale/purchase of the RTC property. Sievert also provided a monthly report from Colliers International regarding the marketing of the Regional Treatment Center.
• The council approved a consulting agreement of $32,000 with Joel Carlson for Regional Treatment Center redevelopment lobbying efforts in the 2013 legislative season. The council had previously approved the authorization to extend the December 2013 deadline to use state demolition funds for the RTC’s Kirkbride building.
• Mayor Hal Leland read a proclamation for the Fergus Falls High School Marching Band, for their being one of 100 chosen out of 3,000 possible applications to perform in President Barack Obama’s January 21 Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington.
“I will be presenting this to them (the marching band) on Saturday at the Red River Horse Ranch, where they are doing their practicing and will be doing a rehearsal,” Leland said.
• The council authorized Mark Sievert to open a safe deposit box at Bank of the West.
• The council accepted a donation from the 544 Foundation for $5,000 to benefit the community arena. The amount brings the total amount of private funding raised to $1,909,975.11. A total of $4 million in private donations has been pledged for the $7.2 million arena’s construction. $3.2 million of the funding will come through the citywide sales tax.
• Leland extended his thanks to outgoing council members Pat Connelly, Eric Shelstad and Jo Ellen Thacker.
“Thank you so much, sincerely, for your dedicated service,” Leland said. “We wish you the very best.”