Artists and Arts Organizations Working Together
In April of 2008, through a grant from the Blandin Foundation, a group of area art organizers met to create an arts collective. This new organization would strive to build and educate audiences about the arts in their community, work jointly to market their individual events, and most importantly, establish the Grand Rapids area as the arts destination in northern Minnesota. These meetings led to the creation of Grand Rapids Arts.
With further support from the Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids Arts developed a strategic plan and recruited a Board of Directors and committee members. Since September of 2010 the Board of Directors has met regularly to put the ideas of the Grand Rapids Arts members into action.