Arts co-op drive-in gets funding

Central Minnesota Art Co-op Executive Director Wendy Bursch, in this Union-Eagle file photo, stands next to the north wall of the art co-op building where plans have been made to paint a large mural and have the wall be a screen for showing movies outdoors.

Central Minnesota Art Co-op Executive Director Wendy Bursch, in this Union-Eagle file photo, stands next to the north wall of the art co-op building where plans have been made to paint a large mural and have the wall be a screen for showing movies outdoors.

A movie screen is coming to Princeton.
The Central Minnesota Arts Co-op learned on Tuesday, June 17, that it was the recipient of a $7,798 grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council that will help the co-op realize a dream.
That dream is to bring back the memories of old time drive-in theaters on a rendition of a drive-in screen on the art co-op’s building at 108 Sixth Ave. S. in Princeton.
The East Central Regional Arts Council funded the co-op’s entire request, said Wendy Bursch, director of the co-op. Marv’s True Value of Princeton is matching 10 percent of the art council award with a donation of its own, Bursch said.
Plans call for painting a mural on the north wall of the arts co-op building, beginning July 15. The 107-foot-by-22-foot mural will depict the scene of a 1950s-era drive-in theater. The movie screen depicted in the mural will be an actual 8-foot high by 16-foot wide movie screen on which movies will be shown from the arts co-op parking lot. An information and events marquee will also be part of the mural, Bursch said.
The finished project will be titled, “Drive-In for Art,” she said.
The project is being designed by local artist and Zimmerman art teacher Amy Cunningham.
Cunningham is the artist behind the “Faces of Minnesota” project, a series of paintings derived from pre-1960 photos set in Minnesota or featuring Minnesotans. A group of local teenage artists known as the Art Monkeys, will join Cunningham and community members in doing the painting, Bursch said. They will have about a month to complete the project in time for a Aug. 14 open house and red carpet unveiling of the mural. Plans call for showing a short movie on the day of the open house.
Later this year, the Art Monkeys will host a film festival of their own, featuring movies that members make on their iPhones depicting what the Art Monkeys like most about Princeton.
A fall film festival is also in the works, Bursch said.
Long-term plans call for two film festivals a year — one in the spring and one in the fall, she said.
The funding by the East Central Regional Arts Council was made possible through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, made possible through a 3/8 of 1 percent sales tax approved by Minnesota voters in 2008.

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