ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, which describes projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic.
The Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership is a non-profit community development corporation serving communities throughout Southwest and South Central Minnesota. The Mission of the Partnership is to “Create thriving places to live, grow, and work through partnerships with communities.” We aim to build strong and healthy places to live so that the communities of our region thrive..
Partnership Art is funded by ArtPlace America. In September 2015, the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP) was the recipient of a three year award from ArtPlace America’s Community Development Investments (CDI) program to assist in incorporating arts and cultural strategies into our ongoing work with communities in the region. The focus of the CDI is to engage arts and cultural strategies in comprehensive community planning and development to help strengthen the social, physical and economic fabric of communities.
Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council, Inc. (SMOC) is a non-profit Community Action Agency, serving the needs of low-income persons in Southwestern Minnesota, specifically in the counties of Nobles, Rock, Murray, and Pipestone. Although these counties receive most of our attention, SMOC does provide specific program offerings in as few as one, and in as many as fourteen counties.
The regional economic hub of Southwestern Minnesota. Having a strong agricultural presence from row crops to various kinds of livestock, Worthington has attracted large corporations involved in processing, research, and shipping to locate to the community. Worthington is home to research companies that are actively discovering new technologies in the bio-science field, as well as several manufacturing companies that are involved in building homes, commercial buildings and plastic products.