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Morris arts advocacy seeks public input

MORRIS, Minn. - A group of Morris residents has formed an ad-hoc arts advocacy group - the Morris Area Public Art Consortium (ArtPAC) - and is seeking public support and input at a public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance gallery.

The vision of the group is to make the public spaces in Morris a destination for enjoying the creations of regional and state artists in comfortable and inviting settings. The group proposes creating an on-going plan that will allow for the purchase and installation or execution of art works within the city, and that initial site selection for art works conform to be included in a walking tour of Morris. The plan would also include art works located at the gateways into the city.

The ArtPAC plan is intended to enhance other tourism and commerce initiatives that help raise interest in Morris as a destination, attract new residents and businesses and to generate more traffic to our business district. The plan will also help support local, regional and Minnesota artists as well as improve the quality of life for its residents.

The ArtPAC group is currently composed of members representing the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, Morris Tourism Board, Morris City Council, Morris Area Chamber of Commerce, UMM, Morris Area High School and the Morris Public Library.

The ArtPAC public meeting is designed to gain members, interest, support and ideas, plus share the group's short range plans of seeking grant funding, site selections, requests for artists proposals, fund raising and possible partnerships. For further information, call Twig Webster at 320-589-4918.