After the Blue Heron Project was finished in 2008, people asked, “What’s next?” The Blue Heron Committee began to host community discussions with those interested in the arts in the Winona region to discuss next steps. What the group learned was that people felt a need for an umbrella organization that would help unify the local arts community, promote and support individual artists, provide arts education, and promote public art projects.
Since then, River Arts Alliance has built a firm foundation with individual and organizational member support as well as community partners. RAA hosts Family Art Day, the annual Members Exhibition, the HBC Fence Project, Great River Writes, and the Winona Art Walk. RAA also communicates via its weekly update, hosts a semi-regular newspaper column, and, of course, hosts Schmoozes at which people can come together to network, to learn, and to provide information to one another.
This Schmooze will ask, “What’s next?” Winona is experiencing a renaissance of artistic activity! What are your hopes and dreams for the community? What role should RAA play in those ideas? Come and discuss. Join in on Wednesday, September 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Ed’s (no name) Bar at 252 East Third Street.
The RAA Schmooze is free and open to the public. For more information about River Arts Alliance, visit riverartsalliance.org or on facebook.