Over the course of summer 2018, MCAD partnered with the MacRostie Art Center and GoodSpace Murals to provide free community arts programming to children and adults in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Located roughly 200 miles north of the Twin Cities, Grand Rapids is home to a vibrant local arts scene. However, the local public schools do not offer dedicated art classes until the eighth grade. In order to help address this community need, MCAD worked with local organizations and artists to offer two weeks of free arts programming to local youth via the MacRostie Art Center and the Itasca County Family YMCA. Aaron Olson-Reiners ’17, MFA, served as the lead teaching artist, and three student/alumni teaching assistants also worked on the project.

In addition to classroom-based activities, MCAD collaborated with GoodSpace Murals, led by Greta McLain ’12, MFA, to create a new mural on the exterior of the MacRostie building. Approximately eighty community members helped design and paint the mural.

Major funding for the Itasca County Arts Project was provided by Stacey Mills and Ambassador Sam Heins and the Golberstein Community Arts Fund. Additional support was provided by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and the Smaby Family Foundation.