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Public meeting is June 5 with HPAAC and Artspace

The Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC), together with Artspace, is inviting interested people to a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Hastings City Hall, 101 Fourth St. E.

The purpose of the meeting is to listen to ideas and opinions of the community related to the opportunity to construct a multi-use community space in the City of Hastings. This project is not just for artists, but will serve the entire community.

Artspace plans to evaluate the Hudson sprayer building, Guardian Angels Church, and other vacant property as possible sites for this center. Many people believe the city could create a facility which includes: a visitor and education center focused on the river, eagles, tow boats, fishing; rental spaces for studios or artist residences; community conference space; an indoor/outdoor restaurant; community theater; an art gallery; boutique hotel; craft shops, a kayak, canoe or bike rental store; a national park outpost; and an ice cream shop. All ideas will be considered.

This meeting will benefit Hastings in several ways. It engages citizens in the visioning process; it can ignite the spark that creates a useful arts and community center, and restores an old building; people will come to understand how artists and art-related development can foster community growth; and Hastings will get to know HPAAC and the local artists that it represents.

Artspace, headquartered in Minnesota (,) is a multi-state, non-profit developer of old factories, warehouses as well as new developments. It is largely responsible for the revival of the Lowertown neighborhood in St. Paul, and In its Project Portfolio, Artspace describes its work: "Our propelled by a belief that artists create value within a community. Today...we know how our project transforms communities...Many of our projects are mixed-use developments, blending affordable live/work space for artists and their families with non-residential space for creative enterprises and nonprofit organizations. Each of these facilities also includes ample public space to support exhibits, performances and other community-engaging events."

The meeting is the residents' opportunity to influence the future of their community. If interested, but unable to attended, written comments can be forwarded to for inclusion in the discussions.