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ArtOrg/Cannon Falls Concept Master Plan

rendering of the ArtOrg plan


ArtOrg impacts individuals and communities through visual arts projects and events primarily centered in the print, with public art, commissioned work, and experiential-based education initiatives. With its new location and building in Cannon Falls, ArtOrg approached the U of M Center for Rural Design for a Concept Master Plan.

The plan has three objectives:

ArtOrg proposal language

Our art-based nonprofit called "ArtOrg" is almost ten years old, and in that time has demonstrated good results. ArtOrg has now purchased a facility in Cannon Falls, and we have a proposal from the Center for Rural Design to develop a comprehensive plan. The facility has office space, three apartments (for possible artist residencies), and an ex-bowling alley with large laminated wood beams that span 50 feet across a 100-foot-long space. We are very lucky to have such an open plan, and our renovation can be very cost-efficient for this amount of space. The lot itself is contiguous with three restaurant/bars, the Cannon Valley Bike Trail (that now has been extended to a major regional park), a historic stone building from 1860s, and a city street that has been slated for closure (between our lot and the river). A snowball's throw reaches a new public library, the largest operating winery in Minnesota, a park with a spring-fed swan pond, and the Little Cannon River. The Little Cannon River is regularly stocked with brown and rainbow trout by the Minnesota DNR. Part of our building is on the very spot of the first Cannon Falls mill from 1856.

Our opportunity is to make the absolutely best use of this unique facility and site. With this plan in hand, we will raise further money to renovate the site. We need to renovate the facility in stages, and move our offices there ASAP to enhance our operating business. Success will be a vibrant addition to the Cannon Falls and regional business and cultural community. Further goals would be to become and "agent of change" or "lynch pin" to further city river walk developments.



SE RSDP FY2014 funding: $15,703.33

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