Community advocate, Reba Gilliand, describes the many ways that Legacy Funding of the arts has impacted Battle Lake, Minnesota.
Reba: “I live in a small town, in Battle Lake, lived here almost 18 years. And as soon as I moved here, I realized that things are different in small towns, especially in Greater Minnesota.
"One of the things that’s really made a difference is the Legacy grant. When I moved here, downtown was kind of in, a little bit disheveled looking, a little bit tired. But just about the time that the Legacy grant was voted in, I was working on a project in downtown Battle Lake and it had to do with using money from the Legacy grant to create some public art and I have to say, it has made all the difference in our town.
"It has brought many, many restaurants and new stores. It’s been great for economic development. Now people come. They see the public art. They ask, ‘How did this happen?’ And we always tell them that it was the Legacy grant.
"I’d just like to thank all the legislature and the people of Minnesota for giving the entire state this opportunity for, not just arts and culture, but also, for natural resources. Because, in Minnesota, that’s what we’re about – natural resources. And right now, I think we’re also about art and culture and it’s a great place to live.”
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