arts alert: Rep. Dean Urdahl Accepts All Star Award Before Performing in Play.


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August 30, 2012

1. Rep. Urdahl Accepts All Star Award Before Performing in Play

2. “Way North of Ordinary” Legacy Weekend in Cook County Sept. 8-16


1. Rep. Urdahl Accepts All Star Award Before Performing in Play

Rep. Dean Urdahl (R- Grove City) received an Arts All Star Award from MCA on August 24th, 2012 at the Litchfield Opera House. The award was in recognition of Rep. Urdahl’s support of the arts in the 2012 legislative session and represents one of only a few Arts All Star Awards being presented this year.

“We are proud to thank a legislator who understands the importance of the arts to our communities,” said Sheila Smith, Executive Director of MCA. “He has been very important to making sure the intent of the Legacy Amendment is followed.”

The award is designed to show the arts community’s appreciation to legislators who display a significant understanding, interest, and support for the arts, and was presented before the show. Proving MCA right, Rep. Urdahl then performed as Ming the Merciless as part of the Flash Gordon section of the Old Time Radio show at the Litchfield Opera House.

“As chair of the Legacy Committee it is my duty to see that constitutionally dedicated money is spent properly. Money for the arts and culture has gone to many worthwhile projects, including the Litchfield Opera House. I look forward to working with arts advocates in the future to ensure that these funds are available to continue to teach and entertain the people of Minnesota,” said Representative Urdahl. “I am honored to receive this award.”

“At the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council (SMAHC) we are so thankful for Rep. Urdahl’s continued support of the arts and his work to ensure Legacy funds are used for their original purpose,” said Susan Marco. Susan is a Board Member of the SMAHC from the Dassel area.

The Clean Water Legacy Amendment was passed by Minnesota voters in 2008, creating four dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts.

Thank Rep. Urdahl: 571 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155


2. “Way North of Ordinary” Legacy Weekend in Cook County Sept. 8-16

A public art competition, historical tours and a series of live musical performances by regional and national acts are all on tap for Cook County as they turn a Legacy Destination Weekend into an event they are calling Ten Days in September.

As the leaves start to change, music fans from throughout the region are expected to descend on Grand Marais for the much anticipated show by Trampled By Turtles and Low at the Mountain Stage at the North House Folk School on the shore of Lake Superior. The show’s intimate setting will make for a great night of music that will be recorded by National Public Radio for later broadcast on their Mountain Stage program.

“We like to say up here that we are way north of ordinary, and this is a perfect example,” said Suzanne Weber of the Cook County Visitor and Convention Bureau. “We’ll have a whole bunch of great music, as well as some artistic displays and a bunch of opportunities for people to learn about the history of this area.”

Many of the events that are a part of the Legacy Weekend have benefitted in one way or another from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that was adopted by the voters in 2008. The amendment created a new source of revenue for a number of outdoors and cultural projects throughout the state.  The Legacy Weekend program is a partnership between MCA, Conservation Minnesota, and ExploreMN Tourism.

Legacy Funded Activities Include:

September 8

Gunflint Trail Historic Homes Tour: Residents of Hungry Jack Lake, located in the mid-Trail region of the Gunflint Trail, will open up their historic cabins to the public for this special Gunflint Trail Historical Society fundraiser. Refreshments will be served. Starting location and time TBA.   The Gunflint Trail Historical Society has received legacy funding through the Minnesota Historical Society.

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September 8-9

Radio Waves Music Festival – A 2 day Festival featuring two days of music by local and regional artists in an outdoor venue on the shores of Lake Superior. The festival offers fantastic food, children’s activities, dancing, and on-site camping. Radio Waves Music Festival was funded through a Legacy grant from the Arrowhead Regional Art Council. Tickets are only $5 per day, available at the gate.

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September 13-16

Unplugged XI: The Northern Harvest, For three nights, local regional and national acts will share a stage at North House Folk School for a music series. National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage will be on hand to record the performances for future broadcast. There will also be mini craft workshops modeled after classic North House courses, music workshops, an online auction and an artisan craft market, jam sessions, and presentations by craftspeople. The North House Folk School is funded in part through Legacy grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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September 8 -16

Cascade River State Park: The WPA wayside, along Highway 61 was restored with a Legacy grant from the Art and Cultural Heritage Fund. Park trails are accessible for hiking from the wayside.

September 7-13

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center: Open daily in September, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The museum and nature center presents the cultural and nature history of the Gunflint Trail through interpretative and interactive exhibits located in the historic Chik-Wauk Lodge building. The grounds feature a number of hiking trails and picnic areas. Special exhibit on the history of Chik-Wauk Lodge. Admission fee. Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center have helped to preserve Minnesota’s history with the help of Legacy grants through the Minnesota Historical Society

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Other Non-Legacy Funded Activities also available:

September 7-14

Plein Air Grand Marais: A week-long Outdoor Painting Competition that features over 50 renowned painters, the scenic backdrop of Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area   and various art activities which culminate in a dynamic exhibition of artwork. On September 13, artists will be invited to a competition where they each get 90 minutes to paint a local scene of their choice. They will all start out at Artists Point at 4 p.m. and then fan out around the area, before returning with their finished work at 5:30 p.m. Works created in this contest and others will be on exhibit and for sale through the end of the month at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The Grand Marais Art Colony is a grantee of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

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