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Sculpture entries sought for Red Bridge Park

Six locations in Red Bridge Park have been identified and approved for the new sculpture walk. (Submitted photo)

The City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission are accepting entries for a sculpture trail in Red Bridge Park.

In 2017, the Park Rapids Arts and Culture Advisory Commission completed an Arts and Culture Plan for the city. As part of the planning process, more than 100 residents completed surveys and attended public meetings to discuss specific recommendations to grow community arts and cultural resources. As a result, one of the plan's high priority projects is to develop a sculpture trail along the Heartland Trail in Red Bridge Park on the Fish Hook River.

Entries of completed works are invited and must be submitted, along with a $10 entry fee, by the end of the business day Monday, April 30. Artists will be notified of selection committee results on May 18 and will have until June 8 to install their works. Each artist whose work is selected will receive a $500 honorarium. The entry form with more details is available to be downloaded at www.prlaac.org/pages/sculpture-trail/sculpture-trail.php.

Sculptures will be installed for one year.

The project meets three goals and objectives of the city's new Arts and Culture Plan:

• promoting the creation and inclusion of art in public spaces, making it accessible to all.

• making the city a regional destination for unique arts and cultural experiences. It can be expected that art in an unexpected location will convey to park visitors and trail users that Park Rapids has much to offer as an arts community.

• adding an element of creative placemaking as an approach to improving quality of life and economic opportunity.

Thousands of park and trail users visit Red Bridge Park every year to use a paved, pedestrian-friendly trail or to use to relax on lunch break or at other times of the day. The park is the trailhead for the Heartland State Trail, which is used year-round for walking, running, biking, rollerblading, snowmobiling and other recreational activities. Red Bridge Park is located near downtown Park Rapids and visitors can access the park from Fish Hook River and nearby Heartland Park.

This project is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008. Funding also was received from the Park Rapids Community Fund.

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