Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ely MN a Community Pride City

Ely Greenstone Public Art
Arts and Culture
Population: 3,724
The goal of the project is to revitalize existing abandoned mine facilities and to equip them to serve the community. As part of the restoration and reclamation of the Pioneer Mine Complex, two abandoned buildings have been renovated and are currently being used for art exhibition, program classrooms and heritage tours. The final building, the Captains Dry, will be transformed from an abandoned mine building into an arts facility offering office, studio and storage space, a conference room and an arts library.
The vision for the project is for artists to take classes, teach classes and display their original works in a gallery type setting. Public participation in the classes and programs is expected to increase. The Ely Arts and Heritage Center seeks to create jobs, attract tourists, provide an increase in public revenues (in the form of sales and lodging taxes) and entice families to move to the area. This project will indirectly broaden the tax base of the area by helping to develop Ely’s oldest section of town. Estimates are between 10,000 and 20,000 additional tourists visiting the area annually.


1 comment:

  1. Ely is becoming the "go to" place for Arts in the midwest. The Ely Arts & Heritage Center is the "firebird" rising from the ashes of an industry that first put Ely at the forefront of a nation during two world wars. Kudos to Ely Greenstone Public Art and the City of Ely for all of their hard work.