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Phipps Arts Director Shartin receives award

Anastasia Shartin

Anastasia Shartin, Visual Arts Director at The Phipps Center for the Arts, was honored at the fourth annual Arts in the Community Awards ceremony during the League of Wisconsin Municipalities' 114th annual conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Shartin received a 2012 Arts in the Community Award presented by Arts Wisconsin in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. These awards honor local officials and civic leaders around the state who have championed the arts as integral to economic, educational and community vitality and demonstrate exemplary advocacy, support, volunteerism, and philanthropy on behalf of the arts on the local level.

In the past 10 years The Phipps, with Shartin's leadership, has utilized regional visual artists, community organizers, environmental groups, university and local officials to help clarify and address the accelerated changes that have materialized in the St. Croix Valley area.

Shartin and The Phipps Center have played a critical role in developing and advancing "What We Need is Here" (the title of a poem by writer Wendell Berry), a program that rallies issues and actions for organizations that address issues significant to the St. Croix Valley, such as the watershed and land use, changing rural landscape, developing social capital, and building community through the arts.

"Together, we organized artists' conversations, exhibitions, open mic events, and community forums on relevant issues such as water and land use, the changing landscape as a result of population growth, the unique characteristics of our communities that color our experience of place, and the importance of building social capital to create vibrant and desirable places to live," said Shartin in her acceptance speech, acknowledging the work of area artists and supporters.

See the Oct. 25th print edition of the Star-Observer for more information.