Jessica Gorman was just awarded a grant to fund her photography project along the Yellowstone Trail, a historic route formed in the early 1900s, which goes right through Granite Falls. This "Follow the Yellowstone Trail" photography project will involve the counties of Renville, Yellow Medicine, Chippewa, Swift and Big Stone with photographs of today's architecture paired with historic photos. The chamber is excited to support, help in grant writing and promote all of these projects which result in a reason for young people to move to this area and help businesses in their recruitment efforts.
I am a part of the LYFT Pathways Initiative committee for the arts, a grant program with Yellow Medicine East and Renville County West schools which puts students in a program that gives them real experiences in a particular field. The goal is for every secondary student in the region to gain marketable skills through meaningful career and technical education . The committee met at the Berge Building and plans to write the grant for a podcast project along the Yellowstone Trail from Granite Falls to Buffalo Lake.
Riverside Market and Muse will also bring in opportunities for the public to learn from poet and songwriter, Brian Laidlaw, Ashley Hanson, blues for kids educator Joey Flip and photographers Gene Stukel and Jessica Gorman. I have also included grant funds to pay local musicians who would like to perform. Contact the chamber office at 320-564-4039 if you would like to be included. Vendors are welcome to set up along the downtown plazas on every second Saturday of the month from May 12 - September 8.
Mary Gillespie, Granite Falls Chamber Director