Arts Initiative thankful for many

Published 9:21 am Friday, March 27, 2015

I didn’t think I would ever be writing this letter to this paper but times have changed.

It’s a new day for arts and culture in Albert Lea!

The Freeborn County Arts Initiative’s transformation of a tired old gallery into a crisp, modern, uncluttered exhibition space has brought new life to this old building. I was beginning to think that wasn’t possible here (after all, we once had Artspace on the line and lost them).

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I want to thank the FCAI board for their tireless efforts thus far. They are a legal, arts nonprofit working on their 501(c)(3) status. I would also like to thank David Poole, master electrician, for his generosity and expertise in restoring our gallery’s track-lighting, Western Rentals for contributing significantly in helping keep equipment costs down, the YMCA for offering help when we were desperate, Perkins for facilitating a successful fundraiser in February and of course, councilman George Marin (also a musician and great supporter of the arts) for his many efforts on our behalf.

I was wrong about this town. I had a bad sample. Many excellent people here have changed my mind.

From everyone at the Historic Bessesen/Old Rivoli/Art Center building at 224 S. Broadway Ave. downtown, this is your invitation to come see for yourself what the spirit of collaboration has achieved! Our building is now home to Christian Chiropractic, Bragen Rights Photography, The Freeborn County Arts Initiative, Kid’s College and Studio 1. There’s a lot going on. Check it out!

For more information you can go to the Freeborn County Arts Initiative’s website, Facebook page or come over and ask me. We’re always looking for new members and sponsors!

Our exhibitions are always free to the public.


Susanne Crane

Albert Lea