By Rhea Landholm, Center for Rural Affairs, email@example.com
The Center for Rural Affairs recently launched Nebraska’s first ever statewide arts and tourism project. Winds of Life: Windmills across Nebraska invites artists statewide who specialize in any medium to shape their version of a windmill. Prototypes of outdoor windmills will be juried in November, with the best designs gaining a sponsor. Artists will have until May to complete and display the sculptures throughout the state. All pieces will be auctioned off in September 2007.
Outdoor windmill sculptures will be displayed in communities throughout Nebraska from May 2007 through August 2007. Indoor works will be displayed throughout the state at locations that will be announced at a later date. Maps of these displays will be available on the official Winds of Life: Windmills across Nebraska website and at local tourism information sites.
All Nebraska communities, businesses and individuals are invited to participate by financially supporting an artist or by planning their own events around the windmill theme.
Auction proceeds will support rural communities and the work of the artists. Proceeds invested in rural development will be shared by the Center for Rural Affairs and participating communities for activities such as the Women’s Project for Rural America. The goal of the Women’s Project for Rural America is to increase activism and advocacy for rural issues, focusing on rural women, engaging them in a revitalization of rural America.
Windmills were essential to the sustainability of early Nebraska settlement and today remain a symbol of the life and culture they enabled. Today’s new wind turbines towering above those historic monuments capture new winds of life for rural Nebraska.
“Winds of Life is an excellent opportunity for communities to unite through individual projects and fundraisers,” Barbara Chamness, project organizer, said. “I am especially excited about what rural women can do to revitalize life in Nebraska.”
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