Mankato CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour 2011
The downtown core of Mankato and North Mankato – deemed the City Center – is currently undergoing a dramatic revitalization. Through the past couple decades, business and vivacity in the City Center has declined. In 2007 a City Center Renaissance Plan was drafted by numerous stakeholders who had a passion for ensuring that our downtown core would not stagnate, but instead would flourish and thrive as the unique signature of our community – the part of our city that sets us apart and holds the foundation of our identity.
These community plans recognized the need to enhance the aesthetics of the City Center while developing a vibrant arts economy as a cornerstone of the area. A primary initiative that came forward was the need for more public art, and the Sioux Falls SculptureWalk program emerged early on as the model for a public art initiative to replicate in the City Center.
ContributorTwin Rivers Council for the Arts
Lac qui Parle Computer Commuter
Increasing digital literacy in a rural county of west central Minnesota was the primary goal of the LqP Computer Commuter, a handicapped accessible mobile computer lab that weekly travels to six communities within Lac qui Parle County. Twelve local partners from the public and private sector came together to create a project that provides free access to computers and broadband with personalized assistance from an onsite trainer. Increasing the availability of technology and broadband access with the intent to improve digital literacy for all ages, the LqP Computer Commuter targets the following groups: low-income, low-skilled workers, unemployed, underemployed, persons with limited or no technology access, and those wishing to improve their computer skills. Collaborative partners for this project included: Farmers Mutual Telephone Cooperative, Frontier Communications, City of Bellingham, City of Boyd, City of Dawson, City of Madison, City of Marietta, City of Nassau, Minnesota River Valley Adult Education Services, TDF Foundation, Blandin Foundation, and Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority.