Grant for 2014

Amount
$123,528
Term
25 months
Lanesboro, MN—In recognition of winning a 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation, this grant will advance this organization's charitable purpose

2014 Bush Prize Winner | Lanesboro Arts

2014 Bush Prize Winner | Lanesboro Arts

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Lanesboro Arts (Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)
Lanesboro Arts (Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)

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The staff at Lanesboro Arts (Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)
The staff at Lanesboro Arts (Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)

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Lanesboro Arts (Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)
Lanesboro Arts (Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)

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Lanesboro Arts (Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)
Lanesboro Arts (Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)

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Lanesboro Arts (Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)
Lanesboro Arts (Photographer Wes Eisenhauer)

The Big Idea

Not long ago, Lanesboro, like many small towns, was facing an aging population, lack of jobs and a vacant downtown. With assets of agriculture and natural beauty in tow, the town’s creative community was determined to start a renaissance.

Fast forward to 2014: Lanesboro Arts, developed through an extensive and inclusive community-wide planning process, has played a major role in revitalizing this small town (pop. 754) on the Root River in southeast Minnesota. The Lanesboro Arts Campus has transformed underused green spaces into artful gathering places, preserved historic buildings to house the arts and attracted strollers to both its main street and nature trails.

The project has become a national model for arts-focused rural development. City government, small business owners and residents now share an understanding that the arts not only make Lanesboro more livable but they also are an important economic driver.

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