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Department of Public Transformation

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Founded 2018
Granite Falls, United States

About

We are an artist-led organization that works locally and relationally to develop creative strategies for increased community connection, civic pride, and equitable participation in rural places. We believe in the power of rural creativity in activating solutions to address community challenges. We collaborate with local artists, residents, and community champions on deeply place-based projects, keeping our core values at the heart of all we do.

Local Information

The community of Granite Falls, MN (pop. 2,897) is nestled on the banks of the Minnesota River among the gneiss and granite outcroppings of the meandering Minnesota River Valley. The town was settled on traditional Dakota land; it now neighbors the Upper Sioux Community and is the County Seat of Yellow Medicine County (including Chippewa and Renville County in its geographic boundaries). Since its settlement, Granite Falls has been home to a largely agricultural community and has deep ties to the legacy of the cooperative movement - both of which have helped sustain a strong local business economy. Area schools include the Yellow Medicine School District and Minnesota West Technical College. Over the past decade, Granite Falls has seen a renaissance led by its commitment to and support of the arts, small businesses, and outdoor recreation.

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