Heart of Our City Exhibit & Poetry Loop

What songs can we sing? What praise can we raise? What thanks can we give for things in the world that seem to go right, despite the challenges we see around us? In the Heart of Our City Exhibition, local writers and photographers answer these questions in meaningful ways that resonate with our slow emergence from the pandemic.

Opening Reception and Reading
Thursday, September 22, 2022
5 p.m. – Exhibition Opens
6 p.m. – Reading and Artist Recognition

The Exhibition grew out of local poet Lisa Higgs’ 2022 Minnesota State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals grant, in partnership with Threshold Arts. The exhibition runs from September 22, 2022 through October 15, 2022 at the Chateau Theater, 15 1st St SW, Rochester, Minnesota. It features work by the following local artists:

Samsam Ali, P.S. Duffy, Amina Hassan, Rylee Klassen, David Kujawa, Julie Hathaway, Susan McMillan, Anne Owen Shea, Jean Prokott, John Sievers, Pam Sinicrope, Steven R. Vogel, Dr. Pam Whitfield

Janie Allen, Lisa Becker, Haley Bice, Sarah Gupta, Isy Köhler, Dr. Justin Kreuter, Charles LaRue, Kenna Sandborn, Rick  Swanson

This exhibition expanded to include an outdoor arts experience, the Heart of Our City Poetry Loop, thanks to funding from the Rochester Downtown Alliance and Destination Medical Center. The Poetry Loop, an art walk with signs featuring the poems and photographs in this exhibition, can be found throughout downtown Rochester. Residents and visitors can experience The Poetry Loop in small sections, or in its entire, as they stroll through our lovely downtown.

Lisa Higgs is a fiscal year 2022 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. It also is partially funded by a Start-Up Event Grant from the Rochester Downtown Alliance and Destination Medical Center.