The Mill Pond Music Trail

What music? What trail? Where? On the Mill Pond? Next to it? Which parts?

Good questions.

The Mill Pond Music Trail is on the of the latest creative, inventive, beautiful masterpieces of the Riverspace Project. Brought to you by the Communities In Action members of New London, a key group of hard-working idea machines that love our town and growing its creative place-making potential.

The Mill Pond Music Trail is a work-in-progress, with large musical instrument installations being placed in just the right places for playing on the shores of the Mill Pond in the heart of New London. A trail will connect each piece to the next. Stay tuned! (Get it, music? tuned?)

We are so lucky around here!

Piano Paint-n-Play with Bethany Lacktorin

Bethany Lacktorin is a local artist, musician, and well, Bethany has so many creative talents, it’s difficult to keep up. (She would agree. It’s difficult for her to keep up with herself as well!) Bethany is the creator of the “My Ocean”, an Ordway Prairie experience, in which the audience goes on a walking journey through the prairie while watching and listening to a traveling posse of talented musicians and singers.

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Bethany also received one of the recent ArtPlace America grants via the Riverspace Project, and we LOVE her idea!

The Piano Paint-n-Play begins today at Goat Ridge Brewery! All are welcome to stop by and join in. (See the following dates and all the info below) Bethany and her artist helpers will be turning regular pianos into pieces of art, painting right on them, and preparing to place them around town for people to play whenever the mood strikes!

Here is what Bethany had to say on Facebook:

Ever wanted to PAINT A PIANO? Here’s your chance!
You’ve seen them at airports, subways, city squares and public places all over the world. Public Piano Paint & Play brings the fun to New London thanks to a grant from the Riverspace Project and pianos from Whitney Music and Mike Freitas. Thanks everyone!

Painted pianos will be on the Goat Ridge float in the Waterdays Parade this Saturday with the Pub Players Floating Rock ‘n Roll Band! playing the pianos with full band on the float! WHOA.

Vote for your favorite piano at Goat Ridge throughout the Waterdays Celebration! The winning piano will be placed in public places around New London for your playing pleasure. ENJOY!

Here’s what to do:

Tuesday July 12th, 4pm-8pm
PUBLIC PAINT! Anyone can paint! A newly primed white piano is waiting for your artistic touch at Goat Ridge Brewery in the backyard!
We’ve got paints, brushes waiting for you!

Thursday July 14th 11am-2pm
PUBLIC PAINT! Goat Ridge Brewing Co.

Friday, July 15th 11am-2pm
PUBLIC PAINT! Goat Ridge Brewing Co.
LAST CHANCE!!

Saturday, July 16th 11am PARADE!!
VOTE for your favorite piano at Goat Ridge! Enjoy the antics of the Pub Players Floating Rock ‘n Roll Band!

We would love to see you join in, be a part of this rare opportunity and then brag to all your non-New London friends about all the cool things you get to be a part of!

 

White Walls with Adrianne Fritz and Goat Ridge Brewery

 

Have you been to Goat Ridge Brewery lately? One of our Riverspace Projects is taking center stage at this local hot spot. (Right in the midst of the actual indoor stage area where superb live music is played so often.) (No really, if you haven’t been to Goat Ridge for music, you are missing out on superb music.)

Artist Adrianne Watson Fritz is the leader of this community engagement project, making white walls gallery space a reality through intentional creative space-making. Adrianne is a gifted artist and her partnership with Goat Ridge is simply perfect for our small town community-minded mojo. 13419017_1743015872637404_351985483713618211_n

Adrianne will be curating art to display at Goat Ridge and will change the white wall display every one to two months. Right now you can catch Adrianne’s own work on the white walls. We’re grateful for Adrianne’s keen artist’s eye and her drive. We’re grateful she and her husband chose New London as their home not too terribly long ago, and that they’ve stepped up to play a key role in the creative community of New London. We’re also grateful to Josh and Kelly and the team at Goat Ridge for being intentional about community engagement, and saying YES to so many Riverspace requests.

Go check out Adrianne’s art before it’s gone! Then stop back over (and over and over) for a brewskie and some good ol’ fashioned art and culture, ever-changing and always intriguing.

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New London Oral History Project

ORAL HISTORY PROJECT-01Kelsey Olson is a spitfire and that can be seen by her constant energy and excitement for what she’s passionate about. Things like nature (which is good, since she’s the Naturalist out at Sibley State Park), her friends and family, history and stories.

Kelsey’s idea for a Riverspace Project has been a hit from the start, and she’s been working diligently to make this endeavor a success, just as she does in all things. Her idea was born due to her family’s long history in the area, including her young-at-heart grandfather (he may actually be 95!) and the stories he tells of this community and its history. Kelsey was also inspired by all the many stories she hears of families who have come to Sibley for generations.

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The New London Oral History project is a celebration of STORY, of the connections among us all with our shared experience in this town and the surrounding area.

So, come to the ArtLuck on Tuesday, June 28th at 6pm at Goat Ridge Brewery. This is a potluck, so bring a dish to pass around along with your stories. What do you remember about New London in years pass? What special memories have you made with family and friends at Sibley State Park? What historical facts have you heard that you want to run by the group? Do you remember the creamery? Do you remember the Village Pantry? The Big Store? Why is that green building jutting out into the Mill Pond like that?

During Tuesday’s ArtLuck, you will be informed about this unique opportunity for the stories of the history of New London and Sibley State Park to be captured for future generations via a totally radical app called StoryCorps. Come and learn how you can share your memories, making it possible for them to be re-heard and remembered forever.

Starting at 6pm, we’ll hear from Kelsey and then while we nosh on Midwestern hot dishes and such, we’ll hear from Ryan Barland, the Minnesota Historical Society Oral History Coordinator, who will teach us how to conduct an oral history interview. You don’t have to become an interviewer to participate, but the option will be up for the taking!

After this initial event there will be several more throughout July. Save the dates that work for you! (Kelsey has been so smart to give us so many options. Don’t miss out!)

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Thank you, Kelsey. We’re so glad you’re here!

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Piazza Progress

You can watch the water flow over the dam and enjoy some conversation and the sounds of the wind in the trees and the rushing water. You can bring some food, or something to drink. You can bring some friends and sit for a spell. We’re loving the Piazza space behind Main Street by the dam!

Thanks to the Riverspace Piazza team, this lovely patio area continues to beautify the alley area in new ways. Large rocks have recently been moved in to surround the area with natural fixtures to keep it (hopefully) from being run over.

Plantings have been placed around the seating area, carefully chosen and placed in just the perfect places.

Next up, the Piazza team plans to add plantings to the fire sculpture piece that remains centered as a community conversation piece, high and still breathing its story. 12036399_10153201263387825_5996276509439657799_n

The totems continue to be a work in progress and we’re excited to feature the work of local high school students with their ceramic “beads” threaded on each post, which will be cut to varying heights. The artwork on each creation will reflect our community history and natural environment.

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The back alley is no longer going to be a back alley, it’ll become known as the lovely spot down by the dam and The Brewery.

New London Roaming Cinema begins THIS Thursday!

Project Leader, Deb Mortenson has been furiously researching movie screens, projectors, networking and planning, all to bring us a Roaming Cinema!

What is that? Well, it’s like a film festival, with several dates and roaming locations!

This Thursday, New London’s Roaming Cinema will take off! The first movie in this series is “MN Hotdish: A Love Story“. How hilarious and true! Join us outside, near the dam, along the backside of Main Street businesses and near the river. This event begins at 8:45pm and will be finished in under an hour.

Deb’s enthusiasm in bringing a sustainable event to our community is impressive. So are her organizational skills, her prompt response to all requests for moving forward, and her overall kind and accepting nature.

We are so grateful to have Deb and her Roaming Cinema Project as a part of the Riverspace New London Family.

Date & Time:
Movie & Description:
Where:
Thursday,
June 23
8:45pm
(1 hour)
“MN Hotdish: A Love Story”
The audience is encouraged to bring poems, stories, artwork, or recipes that were inspired by Hotdish.
Outdoor Roam:Portage Alley, behind Main Street
Saturday,
July 9
8:45pm
(1 hour)
Pioneer TV’s “Postcards from Kandiyohi County”
The audience is encouraged to share what is inspires them in Kandiyohi County.
Outdoor Roam: Portage Alley, behind Main Street
Saturday,
July 30
7:00pm
(1 hr, 30 min)
“The Willmar 8”
Indoor Roam:
Little Theatre
Friday,
August 26 7:00pm
(2 hours)
“Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate”
 
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We’ll see YOU…at the movies!

Have you heard the news?

We were blown away by the ingenuity and creativity of the proposals that were received after the open call to the public. The Riverspace Jury approved NINE projects to be implemented throughout the Riverspace through the remainder of 2016, most of them happening this summer!

Without further ado,

Your Riverspace Projects are (thanks to our ArtPlace America creative placemaking grant) in no particular order:

Lauren Carlson will be leading community writing workshops and a design project that will install stenciled literary haiku throughout New London.

The City of New London will bring us a creatively implemented public performance space in the grassy back corner of the Central Ave parking lot across from Goat Ridge Brewery.

Deb Mortenson is planning a New London Film Festival featuring Minnesota documentaries that will take place outdoors and at the Little Theatre this coming summer on three occasions.

Kelsey Olson, Sibley State Park’s Interpretive Naturalist, will lead the Oral History Project which will capture locally-recorded stories about our history and natural environment and share them through an online documentation service, StoryCorps.

The Communities in Action (CIA) will be establishing the Mill Pond Music Trail with durable, outdoor-quality musical instruments. The instruments will be installed in three locations around the Mill Pond.

Bethany Locktorin, a local sound artist, will lead the Public Piano Paint & Play project. Two creatively-painted pianos will be placed in the Riverspace for locals and tourists to enjoy and use to encourage impromptu song-making.

Teri McCarthy will be providing our community with Yoga on the Water classes for locals and visitors to enjoy the beauty of the river and Mill Pond while experiencing the restorative practice of yoga.

Adrianne Fritz, a local artist, will lead the White Wall Project at Goat Ridge Brewing Co. to bring together and engage the New London community through art exhibits featuring 2-D artists from the area and from around the country.

Jais Gossman will bring us Speaking Stones this summer by installing literary art stones in the Riverspace, honoring the long walk of Ole Knudsen with poetry on boulders.

Congratulations to these recipients! We look forward to seeing their projects come alive this summer!

Riverspace Project Announcement!

We have NEWS for you! Finally, after our call for proposals, receiving proposals and presenting those proposals to the Riverspace Jury, the decisions have been made!

[The Riverspace Jury was assembled to provide an objective review of the proposals submitted and give necessary feedback from an assembly with valuable expertise, knowledge of our community and an understanding of creative placemaking. This group of locals thought carefully through each proposal and brought forth ideas, stipulations and concerns that guided how the individual project monies were to be spent. They were each experts in their own right, with years of applicable experience, keen insight and open minds. We are grateful, and we will continue to honor their humble request to remain anonymous. They each gave of their time in service to this project, and blew us away with their thoughtful energy. Thank you, jurors!]

We are excited to announce NINE fantastic Riverspace/ArtPlace America creative placemaking projects that honor our history, the natural environment and engage the community.

Lauren Carlson will be leading community writing workshops and a design project that will install stenciled literary haiku throughout New London.

The City of New London will bring us a creatively implemented public performance space in the grassy back corner of the Central Ave parking lot across from Goat Ridge Brewery.

Deb Mortenson is planning a New London Film Festival featuring Minnesota documentaries that will take place outdoors in the Riverspace area this coming summer on three occasions.

Kelsey Olson, Sibley State Park’s Interpretive Naturalist, will lead the Oral History Project which will capture locally-recorded stories about our history and natural environment and share them through an online documentation service, StoryCorps.

The Communities in Action (CIA) will be establishing the Mill Pond Music Trail with durable, outdoor-quality musical instruments. The instruments will be installed in three locations around the Mill Pond.

Bethany Lacktorin, a local sound artist, will lead the Public Piano Paint & Play project. Two creatively-painted pianos will be placed in the Riverspace for locals and tourists to enjoy and use to encourage impromptu song-making.

Teri McCarthy will be providing our community with Yoga on the Water classes for locals and visitors to enjoy the beauty of the river and Mill Pond while experiencing the restorative practice of yoga.

Adrianne Fritz, a local artist, will lead the White Wall Project at Goat Ridge Brewing Co. to bring together and engage the New London community through art exhibits featuring 2-D artists from the area and from around the country.

Jais Gossman will bring us Speaking Stones this summer by installing literary art stones in the Riverspace, honoring the long walk of Ole Knudsen with poetry on boulders.

Keep watching this space and the New London Arts Alliance Facebook page to learn more specifics about each project. It’s going to be an exciting summer!

Our Piazza is shaping up, folks!

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The Riverspace Piazza, that is. The Piazza is that lovely patio area near the river and the Fire Sculpture. Last summer, Green Lake Nursery created the hardscape that is in place today.

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And okay, yes. You may call it a patio if you would like to, but the Piazza Project Team need not know, okay? They are  hard-working and they really like saying piazza with a bit of an Italian flair…

That said, let us now update you!

Have you been down along portage alley to see the new seating?! Yup, this just in: From Three Sisters!

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If you have not walked along the dam and sat down a spell, go on and check it out.

The overall Piazza Project is a work in progress, and we can’t wait to see the final fantastic fixings.

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Stay tuned!

Why yes, we did receive proposals!

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After the call for public proposals, we waited. We wondered. We hoped. We were pretty much dying of curiosity and maybe we were a little concerned that not even one proposal would roll in.

That was just plain silly, folks.

As per usual, the people of this community impressed and inspired us. No, really. We have been blown away by the creativity, ingenuity and spirit of the people of New London (and close by places) again. AGAIN.

THANK YOU to each and every one of you that took the time to lay out the details of your idea for the Riverspace. There is simply not a proposal that didn’t make us say, Wow–that’s amazing! What a great idea!

So now, we leave it to a jury of community members, chosen for their impressive array of skills and experience. This jury will decide which project proposals meet all the requirements of the Riverspace guidelines, they will choose what amount of monies should be granted to which projects based on timelines, logistics and the tenets of the overall project.

–Does the project serve/involve the community?

–Does it speak to the history of the community?

–Does the project celebrate our natural environment?

The projects will be announced on April 22nd via Facebook and this website.

STAY TUNED!