Carlton County artists receive grants

The second round of grant funding for the West End Flourish project has been given out to local artists and businesses.

Elizabeth Peterson, 14, paints a depiction of one of the West End businesses during West End Art Day in Cloquet on Saturday, July 17, 2021.
Izabel Johnson / 2021 File / Pine Journal
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CLOQUET — The latest round of West End Flourish grants doled out $10,000 to local businesses and artists to revitalize Cloquet's West End.

The city of Cloquet initially received $30,000 for the program and gave out $15,000 last year, while using $5,000 for administration, according to a Cloquet Economic Development Authority news release.

Rethos, formerly the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Springboard for the Arts have provided support and training for Cloquet's Artists on Main Street Program, which is funded by the Bush Foundation.

The city's project, which is named West End Flourish, is focused on reactivating the the Historic West End Business District through art with a partnership with Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community, according to the release.

Nine projects, one of which was an extension from the previous year, have been selected for this year and are listed below. Each project received $1,000 unless otherwise noted.


  • Augustin Ganley's project titled, Blistered, will have a pop-up film night and a walking history of the city.
  • Pine Knot News' September Celebration, will host a festival to celebrate the district in September.
  • Brian Lokken's project titled Forging Friendships, will hold multiple events featuring the history of blacksmithing with hands on activities.
  • Kris Nelson's project titled Flourish Galleries, will leverage vacant storefronts as walk and drive-by art galleries.
  • Adam Swanson's project Streetlight Flag Banners, will install new banners on the city's street lights.
  • James Witta's project Write it! Read It!, will establish a writer's group in the district to share their work with the community.
  • Debra Zime's project Wood City Floral Alliance, was given $750 and will be used to refresh the wooden planters given to the city last year.
  • Lori Peterson's project Pollinator Paint by Number, was given $5,000 and will be a community experience of painting by number during an events, with the final product being displayed in the community.
  • Lindsay Swan's project Land of Stories, is an outdoor youth puppet theater production blending the traditional Anishinaabe, Finnish, Irish and Judeo-Christian stories taking place on the St. Louis River.
More than 150 cars were on display in the parking lot of Gordy's Hi-Hat, with seven classic automobile owners receiving trophies and gift cards by evening's end.

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