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Storytelling project -- informational meeting today

An artist is sought to lead a public art project telling the complicated and diverse story of Barn Bluff.

The city of Red Wing and Live Healthy Red Wing are organizing "If This Bluff Could Talk," a project that will collect and express the diverse local stories and connections people have to He Mni Can.

The artist will be responsible for facilitating sensitive conversations among different groups of people, and developing a final product. There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in applying from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Council Chambers at Red Wing City Hall. Proposals are due by Oct. 5.

A sacred place, a source of local identity, a recreation destination. Barn Bluff, or He Mni Can, means many different things to different people in Red Wing and the Prairie Island Community. In light of the recent conversations surrounding the painting on the bluff and the city's Barn Bluff/He Mni Can master plan, now is the time to come together as a community and discuss what the bluff means to all of us.

In addition to the city and Live Healthy Red Wing a local group of arts professionals guided the project, including leaders from Red Wing Arts, ArtReach, Goodhue County Historical Society, the Sheldon Theatre, and the Anderson Center. Funding for the project is made possible through funding to Live Healthy Red Wing from the Center for Prevention of Blue Cross Blue Shield and from the Goodhue, Wabasha, and Pierce County United Way.

If anyone would like more information, visit livehealthyredwing.org/together-we-can/local-projects/ or contact Brian Peterson by phone: 651-385-3617 or email: brian.peterson@ci.red-wing.mn.us.

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