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Friday, September 20 • 9:15am - 10:05am
Collaborate, Create, Inspire: Bringing the Community Together with Art and Music

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Over the past three years we have hosted a bi-monthly open mic and art night at the Belle Plaine Library called “Loud at the Library”. During these events, community members can sign up to perform at our open mic. They can also display artwork for others to view. The goal of this event is to bring the community together for a night of music and art. We encourage an inclusive culture, diversity, and free expression. In this presentation we will outline the process we took for implementing an art and music night at the library. We will discuss the necessity of community collaboration, determining community needs, funding, and logistics. We will also share stories of how this event has brought people with diverse backgrounds together in a small town to share their love for music and art. The support the community has shown for one another has been inspirational.


Brittany Brown

Brittany Brown is the branch manager of the Jordan and Belle Plaine Libraries. She has held this position for three years. During this time she has gotten to know the community she serves and strives to find creative ways for the library to meet the needs of the community. She was... Read More →

Maria Ricke

Maria grew up on a farm in Iowa, making art with whatever she could find. In 1999, she earned a BA in Peace Studies from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University. Following college, she completed a year of AmeriCorps volunteer service in Chicago. She now calls... Read More →

Bekah Linn

Bekah is well known for her outgoing personality and stunning vocals. She has always had a passion for music and has performed in a variety of venues as a vocal artist. Her love for music motivated her to find a way to bring music and art to her community.

Autumn and Pete Santovi

Autumn and Pete are a dynamic music duo. There is not much that Pete cannot do when it comes to instrumentals and rocking the sound equipment. Autumn is a master of composing original songs and belting out some amazing tunes. They have lived in Belle Plaine for many years. They are... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am CDT
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