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The Creative Corner: Creative planning is ongoing in Wadena

A newer project that should be on your radar in case it becomes reality is incorporating some artistic activities into the Farmer’s Market here in town. Whether it is listening to a band, having the opportunity to sit down and paint, making prints with the natural elements of the environment, or something else, I would love to hear from you.

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Monthly column from Lillian Norman, Lead for Minnesota fellow serving the city of Wadena.
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Finally, the snow that has piled up along the sides, corners, fields, and, frankly, everywhere, is beginning to melt! Though it may mean more walking through the mud, slush, and puddles, it is certainly worth the green grass and beautiful flowers that will follow—not to mention the warmer weather. This March, as always, I want to go through some updates on a few ongoing projects.

Foremostly, thank you to all of those who have gone out to the library to grab a take-and-make kit for yourself or for a child in your life, I hope that you continue to look forward to more kits in the future. As a reminder, if you have a suggestion for a future craft that you’d like to see, contact me! I want to create kits that people are interested in, after all.

Secondly, for anyone who wanted a kit and was unable to get one, the instructions for both crafts are posted online on the Facebook page (search “Let’s Create: Creativity Kit Share Space” and you should find it). All you have to do is grab the supplies yourself from in town. You could even decide to skip the crafts and go straight for the writing prompts and book recommendations; writing and reading are great ways to exercise creativity!

Having a volunteer group of people who can help advise and plan for artistic and creative ventures in town would benefit those already involved in the arts in town, and further grow opportunities for others to engage in the future. Such a group could work towards making Wadena into a center for the arts for the years to come, helping each other and helping the area focus on creative issues that need the most attention.

A newer project that should be on your radar in case it becomes reality is incorporating some artistic activities into the Farmer’s Market here in town. The Farmer’s Market has from time to time had crafts or music along with its delicious fresh produce and goods, but it is a current project to find more ways of making creative activities a staple of the market.

It is a natural fit, isn’t it, enjoying time with the community, supporting local farmers, and appreciating each others’ artfulness? As always, it would be wonderful to hear from you about what activities you would most like to participate in. Whether it is listening to a band, having the opportunity to sit down and paint, making prints with the natural elements of the environment, or something else, I would love to hear from you.

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Lastly, another project I have been working on is beginning the process of creating a Creative Community Plan for the city. What this means is devising a plan that would act as a guide for implementing new artistic, creative, and cultural initiatives, setting priorities, and documenting the many strengths of Wadena’s creative scene as well as the areas where the city may seek improvement. Ideally, it would serve as a document that would be a point of pride and reference for both those within and outside of the community.

This project is at the very start of its journey, but if you have any questions about the process of creating such a plan, or would like to contribute to its creation in any way, contact me. Your voices are important, and I always want to incorporate them.

You can send me an email at norma385@umn.edu.

Lillian Norman is a fellow with Lead for Minnesota serving the city of Wadena on artisan economic development.

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