Cultural Center Initiative
Big Stone Arts Council’s vision for the Cultural Center Initiative is ‘Promoting the Arts in the Big Stone Lake area and creating a place for cultural opportunities, fueling sustainable economic advancement through the arts, and building a sense of community and regional identity.’
As part of our Cultural Center Initiative, Big Stone Arts Council (BSAC) will be participating in strategic planning February through April with community leaders. BSAC was awarded a Southwest MN Arts and Humanities Council (SMAHC) grant to partially fund these workshops. Diana Anderson, Vice President of Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) of Hutchinson, and consultant Andrea Fox Jensen of Litchfield, will facilitate.
BSAC’s goal with strategic planning is to establish a solid business foundation for growth as we envision expanding our presence and role in the community. We will work to establish a two year plan and long term goals through assessment of program activities that will create regional identity and eventually support a cultural center.
BSAC values the wisdom and experience of our community leaders. With their participation, we hope to enrich the quality of this experience, and therefore, the outcome. These leaders have been selected from diverse backgrounds, such as: government, non-profit, agriculture, business, healthcare, and marketing.
It has been shown nationally, and within the state of Minnesota, that those communities which honor the arts have a vibrancy and economic vitality that attracts business, tourism, and new residents. It is our hope that these efforts will be for the betterment of our community. We want to thank the area leaders, residents and businesses for their on-going support. If you are interested in becoming involved with the arts, we welcome your participation. For more information please contact Brenda Kafka, President, at 839-2454 or Deb Larson, Vice President, at 839-7084, or go to www.bigstonearts.com.
“This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the SW MN Arts and Humanities Council through appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by vote of the people ofMinnesota on November 4, 2008 ”