Saturday, November 16, 3:00–9:00 p.m.

From the Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s
Greater Minnesota Arts Initiative

NOVEMBER 10, 2013— Free community workshops will be held on Saturday, November 16 in downtown Montevideo in the former Great Plains Natural Gas Company building on Main Street.

Community members will lead workshops on stencil art and reconfiguring glass bottles into glassware, such as drinking glasses and hanging lamps. The building is also the site of an interactive installation that invites people to draw and write on signs labeled “I AM THANKFUL” and “I CAN GIVE.”

Both the skillshare and installation are part of MCAD’s Greater Minnesota Arts Initiative and products of a collaborative design event held in Granite Falls in mid-October. Over 30 college and community representatives worked together for 12 hours to design and detail these projects and other creative ways to activate vacant and underutilized spaces in the region. Clean Up the River Environment is MCAD’s community partner for outreach about the events.

Skillshare Saturday
Workshops are free and open to the public.
Saturday, November 16 from 3:00–9:00 p.m.
205 South 1st Street, Montevideo, MN 56265

  • Stencil Art—learn how to make stencils and create art using existing stencils. There will also be art and tee-shirts for sale. Some paper will be provided, but please bring any t-shirts or other items you may want to stencil on.
  • Glass Upcycling—make glassware out of discarded beverage bottles. Participants are encouraged to bring clean glass bottles to make their own glassware!
  • Pedal-Powered Music—a local DJ will spin tunes through speakers powered by bike-generation fabricated by the Eclectic Ensemble, based in the Twin Cities. Come help pedal and see the setup!

This project is an example of social participatory art on many levels. The community is engaged in both the conception and implementation of the event. The Greater Minnesota Arts Initiative establishes a two-way exchange between rural and urban resources. This introduces students to experiential educational opportunities and alternatives to traditional urban art careers, while also connecting rural artists with additional urban networks for resources that will benefit their own practice.


About the Greater Minnesota Arts Initiative (GMAI)
Since 2011, MCAD has undertaken a Greater Minnesota Arts Initiative to explore the integration of art and design into projects that help build strong and sustainable rural communities. The college has offered undergraduate courses on community design focused on rural areas, displayed student work in outstate galleries, hosted an invitational show at the college featuring artists from rural Minnesota, and created a summer residency program for students and alumni. Supported with funding from the Bush Foundation and Smaby Family Foundation, the GMAI connects MCAD representatives with residents of rural communities to develop art and design projects that address community-identified needs.

About the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)
Recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to visual arts education, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is home to nearly eight hundred students pursuing bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of science, master of arts, or master of fine arts degrees. MCAD’s faculty are leaders in the art and design community, guiding and inspiring students to produce creative and purposeful work that distinguishes them in their fields and fuels the entrepreneurial economy.