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The Creative Corner: Share your interest in an arts advisory committee

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.

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Monthly column from Lillian Norman, Lead for Minnesota fellow serving the city of Wadena.
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Although snow continues to fall down onto the streets and sidewalks of Wadena, as the end of February and the beginning of March fast approaches, I hope that the anticipation of a beautiful spring is beginning to blossom in everyone.

The first pick-up day of the Take-and-Make Program, otherwise known as “Let’s Create,” happened recently on Feb. 18. I hope that those who were able to participate had a great time putting together their crafts and that everyone is looking forward to next month’s crafts! As a reminder, the Let’s Create pick-up days happen every third Friday of the month, and the kits will be available to grab from the Wadena City Library.

Starting in February, every third Friday will be a day to pick up craft kits from the library.

There are already many people in town who are invested in the vibrancy of the community’s artistic and creative character. Those who quilt, sing with one another, play an instrument with each other or alone, act in plays, and many other artistic pursuits have shown that they care about what creative opportunities are available within the area. Because of this, and because of the other places that artistic enhancements could use some advocates, it may serve the community to have a group of people heralding those efforts.

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.

If there are those who would be interested in taking on this sort of role, even if it is only once in a while, then it would be wonderful to hear from them. Forming an advisory committee for the arts would be a great boon to the community, and even if those who are interested cannot commit to going to every meeting or planning every initiative, hearing from people who care and having people who care in the room is what is most important. The same goes for any program or idea that I mention here in these articles—I am always interested in hearing from those in town or collaborating with those who have ideas they want to work with me on.

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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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