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MDC releases “Crafting Legacy” video series focusing on regional artists

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Jeremy Nelson films Kristy Balder as Balder demonstrates the craft of weaving at Minnesota Discovery Center.

Jeremy Nelson films Kristy Balder as Balder demonstrates the craft of weaving at Minnesota Discovery Center.

CHISHOLM — The Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) was awarded in March 2021 a $14,999 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board via the Creative Support for Organizations grant program. The funds assisted in the production of three videos highlighting regional artists and the purchase of a new 4K Optima projector for the MDC theater, replacing the old, outdated projector. The videos, created at no cost to filmmakers and artists, include illustrations of traditional forms of blacksmithing, beading, and weaving.

The Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) Creative Support for Organizations Grant Program is designed to help both arts organizations and non-arts organizations that regularly offer arts programming adapt to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic. Grantees used funds to support people and activities that will be needed to stay relevant and connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities now and in the future.

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MDC Fund Development and Marketing Director Jordan Metsa said, “We are so grateful to be able to work alongside the arts board to help support artists and keep our organization relevant during these challenging times. This project will illuminate the wonderful traditions artists carry on through their respective fields of work and help support efforts to share that work with a wider audience.”

Demonstrator and tool maker Doug Swenson discusses blacksmithing in a short film produced for Minnesota Discovery Center's

Demonstrator and tool maker Doug Swenson discusses blacksmithing in a short film produced for Minnesota Discovery Center’s “Crafting Legacy” series. Submitted photos.

As a result of this video series, MDC can increase its audience engagement and appreciation for local history. Additionally, MDC can highlight the artists and traditions they carry on, helping its audience imagine various historical crafts and connect them to Iron Rangers of the past.

The total project cost was $41,999, and $14,999 will be covered as a part of the MSAB grant and the remaining $27,000 was covered by MDC. Each of the videos that make up the “Crafting Legacy” miniseries are available for viewing on Minnesota Discovery Center’s YouTube channel and will also be released on MDC’s Facebook page. Additionally, the videos will be available to view in the MDC theater at a later date.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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