Our Town

Springboard for the Arts (St. Paul, MN)

Fergus Falls, Minnesota



The NEA grant will support artist engagement, participatory public art programming, oral history interviews, and an exhibition in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Project activities will build on an important moment in the community as the citizens of Fergus Falls engage in a debate about the city's history and future. Much of this debate is centered around the Kirkbride, a historic property and cornerstone of the community that served as a state mental institution for over 100 years. Arts engagement activities will foster dialogue about historic preservation and economic improvement challenges with Kirkbride as its backdrop.

Project partners include Springboard for the Arts, Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission, Kaddatz Gallery, Otter Tail County Historical Society, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Place-Based Productions. As many as 50 artists and 2,000 community members will participate in project activities. Fergus Falls has a population of 13,600.