MN artists

 Springboard for the Arts is a community and economic development organization based in St.

John and Emily Enger own and operate Enger Grove, a predominantly online artisanal shop where customers can find a variety of handcrafted wood items including footstools, cutting boards, butcher block islands, furniture and even outdoor structures.  John creates the goods while Emily handles promoting his functional works of art via the online aspects of their business.  They stopped by the morning show recently to

“Looking at Region 2, which is Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties, the economic impact … from the arts sector is just short of $14M a year.”  -Sheila Smith

The Ripple River Gallery in Aitkin, MN is a destination gallery tucked in the woods that has those who discover it returning again and again.  Bob Carls and Amy Sharpe opened their gallery with only a few featured artists, including themselves.  Today they sell work from more than 60 artists.  In this segment of Area Voices, they share how it happened and what life is like running a gallery.

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Cynthia Booth has been creating dark fiction for decades.  She's authored and co-authored dozens of short stories, novels and plays.  She recently won an international award for her short story One Date is Danger and her novella Leviathan of Lost Lake, set in Grand Rapids, MN, will be available to the public this summer.  She stopped by Northern Community Radio recently and chatted about her life as a writer.

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Karl Jacob is an actor, writer, director and film producer who grew up on the Iron Range. His most recent release, Cold November, opens tonight in both Hibbing and Grand Rapids.  Filmed in northern Minnesota, the film follows the life of 12 year old Florence and the influences of her matriarchal family as she experiences the right of passage of her first deer kill. 

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 Did you know there are nearly 3,300 artists and creative workers in Itasca, Lake and St. Louis Counties or that 25% of people who attend arts events in those counties travel more than two hours to do so? The Creative MN study is a comprehensive analysis of the economic impact the arts have across Minnesota. This year, 15  regions were assessed.  Of those 15 regions, the Iron Range's nonprofit arts and cultural organizations brought $12.3M into the economic engine of the Itasca, Lake and St. Louis counties.

Susan Kedzie is a visual artist, a jeweler, a scientist and a teacher.  She's passionate about making the world a better place and that mentality flows into all of her work.  Her first children's book, A Thousand Purring Cats, is a story about ordering a collection of cats via a cat catalog.   It's also a book about emotional healing and getting through the rough patches in life.

MacRostie Arts Center

  The First Friday of each month is exciting in northern  Minnesota... it's when people in communities all around our listening area get out and enjoy the arts!  In this morning show segment, Heidi and John talk with Katie Marshall from the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids about the art happenings in Grand Rapids tonight.   They also talk with artist Krista Matison about her work and path as an artist.  Get out and enjoy the weather and the arts! 

  Minnesota leads the nation in support for artists and the arts.  Sheila Smith is the Executive Director of MN Citizens for the Arts.   She stopped by the KBXE studio to talk about a comprehensive study measuring the economic impact of the arts on Minnesota communities.   She also talked about the impact arts experiences have on our communities that goes beyond economics.   Wondering how your community and region of the state measures up?  Check out the findings of the study at Creativemn.org

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