Perspectives – An exhibition of 2012–2014 photography grantees
No other state in the nation gives more to the arts than Minnesota. This is standing ovation time as we artists have the opportunity to present a proposal for funding that will enhance the artists ability to make art and enhance the lives of Minnesotans. One need only look at the popularity of Art-a-Whirl in N.E. Minneapolis to see how a focus on the arts can start a movement!
Artists often lead the way in economic development and I believe that this is fulfilling the promise of legacy. Nothing lasts quite like the arts. As a lover of art history, I have learned about history through the arts as it is an international language. Thank you to the Minnesota legislature for supporting a wide array of artists and their unique vision, passion or path. One artist pointed out that the exhibit comprised a half a million dollars in funding assuming that each artist maxed out on their budget allotment of 10K. Our state is a leader in so many ways and I believe that investing in the vision of artists leads Minnesota into the national and international spotlight in a fabulous way.
On a personal note I really appreciated getting to spend quality time with executive director of the Minnesota State Arts Board Sue Gens. Sue and I we were in the same class at Moorhead State University and now she sits on the board of the school, currently named Minnesota State University Moorhead. I am so proud of her!
Because of my evening last night, speaking with Sue Gens about MSU, I am sending a great big shout-out to the spirit of musician Lise Mann… a great teacher… one person can make a difference in the lives of two people.