Thanks to a recent Arts Access grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Forecast Public Art is excited to announce the launch of an artist residency initiative in partnership with The Cornerstone Group, a progressive real estate developer that solves community challenges through innovation and collaboration to increase access to art experiences.
The Cornerstone Group is known for it’s authentic approach to listening and responding to the visions of communities. Because of this, they were approached by the City of Richfield to build a transformational town center at a large commercial property that had become a source of blight for the city. The newly designed town square, Lyndale Gardens, features a food cooperative which is open now and plans for affordable residential housing, an ampitheatre, an urban farm, a community brick oven and other creative spaces for residents.
During the process, there was an outcry for increased arts and cultural offerings which inspired the Cornerstone Group to reach out to Forecast. The result is RARE: Richfield Artist Resident Engagement, an artist residency initiative designed to cross boundaries and disciplines and invite Richfield residents to participate in building its more vibrant future.
- More about Witt Siasoco’s residency
- More about Emily Johnson’s residency
- An update on RARE
- An update from Witt Siasoco (Oct. 20, 2015)
- RARE Year 1 Report
- Videos: The Intersection of Art + Community + Public Space
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.