On Wednesday, August 20, the HPAAC board will sponsor a  conversation about the future of HPAAC in our community.  All HPAAC board members and HPAAC members are invited as well as people interested in the arts and community leaders.  HPAAC Board member Bill Spinelli will lead this discussion along with Andrea Gilats, one of the founders of the Split Rock Artist Program.  The meeting will be held at Tilden Community Center from 6-8:30 pm. For more information, please email HPAAC at: hastingsprescottarts@gmail.com  or call Dick Graham at 651-437-9233.

HPAAC Announces Arts Heroes for the 2014 Gallery Gala

HPAAC is delighted to announce the Arts Heroes for the 2014 Gallery Gala to be held on Friday, October 10 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall in Hastings, Minnesota.

Lin and Kathy Warren are both teachers in the Hastings School District–Lin Warren teaches choral music at the Hastings Senior High School, while Kathy teaches Instrumental Music at the Hastings Middle School. Together Kathy and Lin have instilled in countless Hastings students a knowledge and appreciation of music for almost 30 years.  Kathyandlin4

Tom Blanck, a retired architect, and his wife Linda Bjorkland, a retired teacher from the Minneapolis School District, are artists in Prescott who have contributed greatly to the cultural life of Prescott. Each Thursday, Tom and Linda host the Little Colony Painters Group at the United Congregational Church in Prescott.


This year, both HPAAC and the Hastings Area Rotary Club are sponsoring the Gallery Gala.


HPAAC Writers Workshop and the Hastings Library will sponsor conversations with local authors this summer. Each of these events will take place at the Pleasant Hill Library from 6-7 pm

On Monday, August 18,  Colleen Baldrica, author of Tree Spirited Woman, will talk about her book from 6-7 pm.

Past programs:

Monday    July 14         Marisha Chamberlain  The Rose Variations 

Thursday  July 17        Doug Wood   Old Turtle

Monday July 20          Spike Carlson


Dick Graham talks about what HPAAC stands for


Dick Graham was recently asked what HPAAC stands for. The letters HPAAC are an acronym for the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council.  Our president, Dick Graham, talks about what our organization stands for, or, our mission.  Debbie Saunders


LEDUCESTATE Calling all writers!  You don’t need to be an experienced writer; you just need the desire to write and hone your skills.  Facilitated by Diane Saed, the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC) writers group meets from 6:30 to 8:15 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at the LeDuc Historic Estate. Admission is free for HPAAC members and a free-will donation will be accepted from others.

Writers are encouraged to bring reading suggestions, share their writing and discuss the positives and negatives they have encountered with writing.  Each session is loosely structured into three segments: discussing what participants have read and recommend; writing from a prompt, critiquing previous writing, or a brief writing lesson, and sharing of personal writing or writing of others.

Upcoming meetings are March 4 and April 2.  In collaboration with Dakota County Library, HPAAC writers will be bringing the following regional authors to Hastings:  Spike Carlson, “A Splintered History of Wood”, Colleen  Baldrica, author of “Tree Spirited Woman”, and Marisha Chamberlain, playwright, poet, librettist author and scholar.  Author and scholar David Page recently spoke about the writing and lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.  Check for dates and times at Pleasant Hill Library or visit our website.


Hudson Building
Hudson Building



             A Hastings partnership with Artspace to redevelop the Hudson property would be good for all of us.  Artspace has a perfect thirty year history of success. They have never come back to a community requesting additional financing, never leave projects half finished or partially occupied. Completed Artspace projects remain fully occupied with positive revenue flows.  Artspace projects attract young, creative people to communities and entrepreneurship, youthful vibrancy follows. Artspace projects put communities and neighborhoods on the map. Because they are a non-profit organization more money stays in the community.

            The current stage of a possible Artspace project in Hastings is the completion of 4-6 month market research to determine if an Artspace project would work in Hastings. HPAAC(Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council) has requested $30,000 from The Saint Paul Foundation to complete this research.  The Foundation’s decision will be made late November and the study could commence after the holidays for spring completion. At that point, if the research points to success, the decision to proceed with a partnership with Artspace could be made by HEDRA.  Other timing factors in Artspace’s preliminary schedule include: the approval by the National Parks Service, designation as a historic site (to secure tax credits), approval by goverrnment agencies for housing tax credits, selection of  final designs, architects , contractors, and commercial tenants.

            Artspace as a nonprofit developer creates community owned projects that require high significant citizen involvement during all steps of the process which also takes time. As a national organization, Artspace very carefully selects 2-3 new projects a year in all of the United States.   (One current project is a $56million school renovation in Manhattan.) The Hudson Sprayer Building in the city of Hastings, along with the trails and rivers, other riverfront development  and historic pride could become a landmark Artspace partnership.

            Success follows careful and thoughtful planning. Communities, large and small, have unused, underdeveloped, and abandoned community development projects along with many successes.  A Hudson Building reuse study, commissioned by HEDRA, raised caution and concerns about moving too fast.    HPAAC hopes we can be a part of offering Hastings one model, one approach to a successful development.

Richard Graham

Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council


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