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!