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Community comes together to create beautiful public art
New Blue Sky Project mosaic to be unveiled in August
By Taylor Lunemann, Staff Writer
Every small town in outstate Minnesota is always looking for ways to bring a little more beauty to their city.
A recent project in Long Prairie is expected to accomplish that, as well as bring together the community through a work of art expected to be unveiled at Lake Charlotte Beach House August 12 at 7pm.
Minnesota artist Claire Witt has helped put together a second “Blue Sky Project” for the town, and was able to once again bring the community in on it.
This project is a community art program based in central Minnesota that Witt founded in 2001. Her first mosaic piece of art in town can be see along the walking path in Harmony Park, located south of the elementary school. She underwent that project nearly a decade ago in the years following the tragic triple homicide in 2003.
A mosaic is a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces of material like stone, tile or glass. This one will feature bright colors and many things about Long Prairie.
During Witt’s visit at the end of April, she worked with the community at several different stops. At the high school, she had the students work with glass and break them into smaller pieces as well as making clay tiles with words to poems about “Our Town,” the poem’s theme.
The elementary students were put to work with clay, making sunflower seeds that will go on the center of the sunflower which will be featured on the project.
She also stopped at the senior citizen center where she had people make clay tiles with pictures of their homes on them. Witt also held an event at the library where the public was invited to make clay tiles of historical buildings and special places in Long Prairie.
“My first goal was to involve a lot of people,” Witt said. “The second was to make something that was joyful and to give people a chance to think about what makes their town special. So that’s part of the image.”
All of Witt’s Blue Sky projects have included large groups of people, but none of them have included the amount of participation that she received during this one. She hopes because so many people in the community have helped work on it, that it will be incentive to be proud of their hometown and have them come back or stay.
“It’s an opportunity to see that art is part of the area we live in and beautification helps commerce and helps people be proud and know their town,” she said. “I don’t know if there is any other project where 350 people can come back in one year or 20 years and say ‘I did that.’ It’s like casting your vote that you’re proud of our town and that’s something I think is really important -- that individuals understand that they’re part of the mosaic.”
The mosaic will be installed at Lake Charlotte Park during the first week of August, and should be a tourist attraction where people from out of town may stop in and check out.
“Harmony Park is about the past, present, and future. This is an extension of that,” said Long Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce Director Luan Thomas-Brunkhorst. “The kids have been taught that this is their mosaic project, and this is their public art. When they go to the beach, those kids can point out their part in it.”
“Senior citizens and the general community people, high school, and elementary have been pulled together in this project.”
The city is always looking to do beautification projects in the parks to increase activity. LPGE senior Kalley Dynes Levin helped kick start the project as she seeks her Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Levin and Thomas-Brunkhorst together helped raise the funds for the project by going to service organizations and businesses. Levin also served as Witt’s right hand assistant for much of the project.
All of that work raising funds and the community working with the materials is in the process of being put together. The mosaic will be put on treated sheets of plywood and mason board and once attached, it will be installed on the exterior of the building of the lake house at Lake Charlotte Park.
In Witt’s lessons with elementary students about public art, she heard many comments from the young ones. With the Harmony Park and now this mosaic to be featured, one student asked if they could do many more projects like this so Long Prairie can be named “the glittering city.”
“The participants really see that they can make their town pretty and special,” Witt said. “I think that’s really important that you have a lot of pride in your town. That’s why I named the project ‘Our Town.’”
The city may not quite get that name designation, but in August, there will be a special shine by Lake Charlotte, compliments of an entire community coming together.
Witt gave special thanks to both LPGE art teachers -- Ms. Gillie and Ms. Pohlman -- as well as school administration for allowing her to come in to teach the class. She also gave thanks to the senior citizen center and library as all four locations were important to act as hosts for the project.
This Blue Sky mosaic project in Long Prairie was made possible by Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Funds, Five Wings Arts Council and generous gifts from local service clubs, businesses, organizations and private individuals: American Legion, Long Prairie Lions, Rotary,VFW, American Heritage Band, JCP Farms, Worms Ready Mix, Long Prairie Packing plant, Central Minnesota Credit Union, Breitenfeldt Group, Minnesota National Bank, Levin Electric, Agnes Dynes, Long Prairie Fleet Supply and All Star Title and Abstract
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LAST CONCERT- August 17 at 7pm between the Veteran’s Memorial and the Christie House Museum located at the intersection of Central Ave and 1st St South.
- FREE and all ages are welcome.
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Every Thursday- June 1 – August 17 for the 2017 season. Performances start at 7pm and are held on the street between the Veteran’s Memorial and the Christie House Museum located at the intersection of Central Ave and 1st St South. Concerts are FREE and all ages are welcome. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the performances.
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**SENIOR CITIZEN’S DAY-THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017
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“Death of a Dream” by author Paul Lundborg
Plan on attending an interesting presentation to be given by Paul Lundborg who authored a book about his Swedish ancestors who settled in west central Minnesota bordered by Dakota Territory in 1861 to fulfill their dream of a better life in America. By August 1862 they were living as four households in four crude cabins-two Lundborg families and two Broberg families. They were 21 persons altogether ranging in age from 52 year old Maja Lena Lundborg to 10 month old John Broberg and they had thankfully survived their first full year in their new homeland. All of that changed on Wednesday, August 20, 1862, the third day of what came to be known as the US/Dakota War of 1862. That day was the beginning of the death of their dream.
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Senior Citizen’s Day on Monday, August 21st from 1-3.
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Aug. 22 5:30 - 7 p.m.
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September 10, 2017
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September 10, 2017
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Pregnancy Resource Center Fundraiser
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Monday, Sept 11
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Salsa Fest- First Annual
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Pregnancy Resource Center- One Year Anniversary
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Tuesday, Sept. 19 5-7 pm
22 2nd St N, Ste 2
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Sept 23, 2017 @ Little Sauk Legion 3-7pm
Silent auction, raffles and pulled pork dinner
Rural Economic Trends, Baby Boomers and Housing Issues
Ben Winchester Returns to Todd County
September 26, 2017
NJPA, Staples, noon-2PM;
LPGE High School, 3:30-5:30PM
Harp Music with Chris Ward
Thursday, September 28, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Harpist Chris Ward will delight us with beautiful music! Come listen @ the Long Prairie Library and learn about the harp. For all ages!
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Tim Woeste Custom Harvesting (June)
Maple Hill Garden (May)
Todd County Development Office (May)
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Red's Irish Pub (January)
Little Falls Radio Inc (January)
Jim's Auto Repair (January)
Menagerie Greens, Inc (January)
Dreams United/Sueños Unidos (January)
Alexandria Technical & Community College (January)
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