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Bemidji Mural: Hopes, Dreams, and Visions of a Brighter Future

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Artist Mary Therese Engages Community to Create a Mural with Post-Pandemic Vision

I think it’s an important thing for artists to be able to use their voices to call attention, to spread love, to encourage people to grow and take care of the earth, and to spread more beauty. – Mary Therese

Mary Therese is a Bemidji area painter who explores space, light, form, and movement. She designs drawings on fabric surfaces with dyes and beeswax. She's also a muralist who designs murals in an community inclusive way. Her latest mural project is a response to the pandemic and is funded by a Creative Support Grant thru the Minnesota State Arts Board. She’s engaged 50 individuals, young and old, from various cultures to create her Hopes, Dreams and Visions mural which will soon be on the Harmony Co-op building in Bemidji. Learn about her inspiration for the project and how she navigated the communal work in a pandemic world where in person meetings were often not possible.

I've been a community artist all my life, and even when I was young, I always wanted to get people involved in making art…it's important to have public art that can speak to bigger audiences. – Mary Therese

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Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.