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Estar in el Prairie Photo Essay Exhibit Opening & Reception

May 1, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Estar in el Prairie

University of Minnesota Morris students Jordan Wente and Natalie Hoidal (more about Jordan and Natalie below) have sought to document the significance of the Latino Culture, and its importance to the rural landscape through black and white photography. Estar in el Prairie Photo Essay Exhibit, Retratos de nuestra nueva comunidad Latina: Portraits of Western Minnesota’s Emerging Latino Community will be up through the month of May at the K.K. Berge Gallery in Granite Falls.

The exhibit opening & reception is free and open to the public – please join us and feel free to bring a friend!

From 2000 to 2010, the Latino population in Steven’s County increased by 234%. In order to put faces and stories to this number, we are pairing photographers in the Morris area with Latino members of the community. Click here to learn more about the project.

Funding for this photo essay exhibit has been made possible in part by Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) through a grant from the Kresge Foundation, The Center for Small Towns, University of Minnesota Morris, Granite Area Arts Council and by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation through the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Natalie Hoidal, Student, University of MN Morris

Natalie and Jordan_May 2 eventNatalie has established herself as a youth leader in the environmental movement, advocating for sustainable agriculture, protection of freshwater resources, and the termination of tar sands extraction. Natalie is passionate about gardening, agronomy, cooking with friends, and dance. She hopes to work as a research scientist to develop crops that conserve soil, water, and nutrients, and believes that healthy agroecosystems lead to healthy, thriving communities.

Jordan Wente, Student, University of MN Morris

Jordan is passionate about the prairie, people, and progress. When he is not immersed in statistics, data, and renewable energy policy, Jordan enjoys folk music, motorcycles, fishing, warm kitchens full of friends, and salsa dancing. Jordan believes in the notion of local self-reliance  and the role that policy, grassroots organizing, and collaborative art can play in progressing our rural communities.



May 1, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


K.K. Berge Building
807 Prentice Street
Granite Falls, 56241 United States
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