Navigate Purpose & Goals

ArtReach St. Croix, in collaboration with Arts Midwest, convened leaders from across sectors for a series of five sequential retreats taking place throughout the Lower St. Croix Valley between Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. The purpose of these retreat was to build a coalition to amplify work happening at the intersection of arts, creative expression, and the natural world. Navigate retreats activities centered on dialogue and design work toward several goals and two products (#5 and #6 below):

  1. Identification of shared purpose for the region that spans sector interests, focused on the intersection of arts / nature / community;
  2. Strengthen connections and commitment to working collaboratively across sectors toward shared purpose for long term regional sustainability and livability;
  3. Develop a common language across sectors to build collective hopes, dreams, and plans for our future;
  4. Articulation of the uniqueness of the arts in this region based on the environment;
  5. Development of a brief document encapsulating the vision of Navigate participants for the region; and
  6. Small grants to support projects demonstrating the power of the confluence of arts, nature and community in the lower St. Croix River Valley.

PDF iconNavigate flier

PDF iconReflections from Day 1 -- Mapping the Confluence

PDF iconReflections from Day 2 -- Forces of Nature, Bedrock Values

PDF iconReflections from Day 3 -- Movement

PDF icon Reflections from Day 4 -- Influence

Project Grants

With funding through the Bush Foundation's support of ArtsLab, Navigate provided grants of up to $3,000 in support of projects furthering the spirit of the Navigate project.  You may find a list of those projects here.

Facilitators, Staff & Funders

This opportunity was generously funded by The Saint Paul Foundation, Mardag Foundation, Bigelow Foundation,  The McKnight Foundation, the Bush Foundation, and Arts Midwest. Additional funding provided by the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation, the Water Street Inn, and ArtReach St. Croix.