In celebration of this holiday season, we asked southwest Minnesota artist Oak Kelsey to illustrate our values of equity, curiosity, collaboration and optimism, and he created a scene of different birds gathering in cold weather and communicating positively with each other.
Together, we’re creating vibrant and welcoming communities where all our neighbors in southwest Minnesota can be seen, heard and embraced. Thanks for being a part of our flock.
We have a few important notes to share as we get ready to turn the calendar to January.
Our offices will be closed the following days:
- December 24
- December 27
- December 31
During this time, you if you are seeking information or support for the Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grants, Minnesota Main Street Economic Revitalization Program or one of our loan programs, please contact Scott Marquardt at 320-583-4629.
Tax-deductible gifts can be made online to support our mission or a community foundation partner. Make your gift online now. If you have an urgent year-end matter related to a gift, please contact Liz Cheney at her cell phone number, 320-583-5025. In order to qualify for a 2021 charitable tax deduction, mailed gifts must be postmarked by Dec. 31, and online gifts must be submitted before midnight on Dec. 31.
About the artist
Oak Kelsey is a visual, musical and performing artist from Marshall who has been creating art for over 40 years. He created chalk art for Marshall’s Welcoming Week event this fall. Nine communities worked with Southwest Initiative Foundation and hosted events to build belonging and highlight the values that unite us as neighbors, families and colleagues as part of this national celebration.