Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants in Action: Lake of the Woods High School

the fine print hidden in one of the Lake of the Woods mosaics

Students at Lake of the Woods High School in Baudette, Minnesota have new opportunities for unique, hands-on arts experiences  thanks to Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants awarded through the Region 2 Arts Council.

Dragonfly Mosaic by art students at Lake of the Woods High School

Students enrolled in Deb Carlson’s art classes at Lake of the Woods High School recently completed an  Artist in Residence Project with Nevis mosaic artist, Marsha Wolff. Wolff worked for two weeks with students on large scale mosaics. Students worked in groups of four on mosaic pieces that had personal meaning to the individuals in the group. Cooperation, collaboration, creativity, and patience were key components in the projects.  The completed mosaics will be hung around the school, adorning it for years to come.

Terri Widman (second from left) presents Deb Carlson (center) and Marsha Wolff (second from right) with a check for the LOW Artist in Residence Project

The Lake of the Woods Senior Class Trip will include a viewing of the musical “Footloose” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre thanks to the grant written by Senior Class Advisor Don Krause. The Senior Class Trip always includes a tour of the Minnesota State Capitol Building and other historic sites, but thanks to the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant from R2AC, Lake of the Woods seniors will have the opportunity to see professional theatre as well!

Don Krause, LOW School Senior Class Advisor, and the LOW Senior Class Officers receive a check from Terri Widman, Executive Director or R2AC

Opportunities such as working with a professional artist and experiencing live, professional theatre may not present themselves frequently, but they  have lasting, positive impacts on individuals and communities.  Congratulations to Deb Carlson and Don Krause for making art a part of their students’ experiences.  Their dedication to including art in their programming positively impacts the young people in Baudette and the greater community as well!