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Bowman County selected for Artists on Main Street

The North Dakota Department of Commerce last week announced that Bowman County Development Corporation has been selected for the 2021 Artists on Main Street Program. The purpose of the program is to develop an example for rural economic and community development as it relates to arts and culture, downtown revitalization, and historic preservation.

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The Visitor’s Center is located on the northwest corner of the parking lot of Frontier Travel Center along US Highway 12 on the southwest side of Bowman. The hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (MST) (Photo courtesy of North Dakota Department of Commerce)

Artists on Main Street is being offered in North Dakota for the first time through a partnership between Commerce, Springboard for the Arts, and Rethos: Reimagined.

The purpose of the program is to develop an example for rural economic and community development as it relates to arts and culture, downtown revitalization, and historic preservation.

“The accelerated program offers technical assistance and funding to develop artist-led projects that help make main streets active, welcoming and vibrant, and engages residents of all ages in conversation about the community’s past and future.“ Shawn Kessel, Commerce Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Commissioner, said. “Bowman County will receive creative community development training, and one-on-one technical assistance for artists and community leaders from placemaking experts.”

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Bowman County Development Corporation will host a creative placemaking workshop for artists and stakeholders from the area on Aug. 30, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Project updates will be featured on Bowman County Development website at bowmannd.com/economic-development/current-projects/artists-on-main-street .

To view outcomes of previous Artists on Main Street workshops facilitated by Rethos and Springboard visit rethos.org/artists-on-main-street .

For additional details about the Artists on Main Street Program or community development please contact Maria Effertz Hanson at mehanson @nd.gov.

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James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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