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Local artwork may be displayed downtown as part of revitalization

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Representatives from several cultural and art organizations discussed ways to incorporate art into downtown with the Main Avenue reconstruction project slated for 2010.

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The cracker barrel session was the third in a series that will be held each month.

Paul Dove led the discussion, representing the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council, a non-profit community arts collective.

The group discussed having a committee to look at standards for art that would be displayed downtown. Also, the group had a discussion about having a broad theme for downtown. Artists could create new pieces of arts that could be changed each season.

Several examples of artwork used in revitalized downtowns were displayed in a slide show. Some of the ideas included having streetlights with banners and hanging baskets or having poetry stamped into the sidewalks.

The arts council will develop a plan for how to proceed and submit it to the Downtown Steering Committee.

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