The Minnesota State Arts Board will hold a virtual listening session to review the arts needs of the local Lake Region.

It will take place Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. This region, represented by the local Lake Region Arts Council, includes Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin counties.

The purpose of the upcoming listening session is to allow the arts board to collect public input that will help inform the kinds of grant programs the board may offer in the future. To decide how best to invest state resources, they would like to know what kinds of arts experiences and opportunities are needed and wanted in the Lake Region.

The arts board receives both legislative appropriations as well as Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Funding to provide grant opportunities to individuals and organizations statewide.

In 2021, the arts board awarded more than $25 million to support the arts throughout Minnesota. Because of that kind of ongoing support, Minnesota remains the number one state in the nation for per-capita investment in the arts, according to the arts board.

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Organizations in the area area that receive operating support include A Center for the Arts and Kaddatz Gallery in Fergus Falls; Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes; Andria Theatre and Theatre L’Homme Dieu in Alexandria; Central Square in Glenwood; the New York Mills Cultural Center; and Theatre B in Moorhead.

Registration at the listening session is required to attend, and attendance will be capped at 40 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested parties may register through the invitation link on the Lake Region Arts Council Facebook page, or by emailing the office at lrac4@lracgrants.org. A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants.