West metro news briefs: Bloomington gets $100,000 federal grant

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 23, 2013 - 3:49 PM

Bloomington Civic Theatre cast members already have their umbrellas out during rehearsals for “Singin’ in the Rain,” which opens Aug. 16.

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City gets $100,000 federal grant

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $100,000 “Our Town” grant to the city and the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center to develop a “creative placemaking” plan and commission public art projects in the neighborhood around the Mall of America.

Over the next 20 years, the 2,300-acre South Loop neighborhood will add new streets, apartments, offices, retail and green space. A $100,000 match will be raised to develop the plan and create four to six art projects.

Other partners for the South Loop project include the Mall of America, Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau, and McGough Development, among others.

More information about the South Loop and Bloomington’s vision for its development can be found at: http://ow.ly/n1SyK.

‘Singin’ in the Rain’ opens Aug. 16

The Bloomington Civic Theatre will present “Singin’ in the Rain” Aug. 16-Sept. 15.

The lighthearted romantic comedy focuses on two movie actors and how they deal with the transition from silent pictures to the early days of ­talkies.

Michael Matthew Ferrell will direct the musical, which will be presented at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors 62 and older, and $23 for ages 25 and under. Call 952-563-8575 or go online at www.btacmn.org.


Film festival seeks poster contest entries

The Edina Film Festival Committee, in association with the Edina Art Center, is calling for entries in a poster contest for the third annual Edina Film Festival to be held Nov. 7-9 at Landmark’s Edina Cinema at 50th & France.

The poster contest is open to Minnesota artists who use a cinema theme and include festival dates and locations. The winning entry will be awarded a $250 prize and will be featured in publicity, promotional materials and the program guide. Book author and illustrator Nancy Carlson will judge the contest.

Artists must be age 16 or older. Entries are limited to one per artist and must be accompanied by a registration form and $10 fee. Submissions are due at the Edina Art Center, 4701 W. 64th St., Edina 55435, by 7 p.m. Aug. 5. For entry forms, guidelines and contest details, visit www.Edi naFilmFestival.com. The winning entry will be announced Aug. 19.

The Edina Film Festival benefits the Edina Art Center, 4701 W. 64th St. For more information about the poster contest, contact Arts & Culture Commissioner Kitty O’Dea at kodea.mn@gmail.com or 952-922-1165.


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