2014 An informal research project was completed at the Reggie Gorter Performing Arts Studio that showed a need for affordable, arts centered education & mentoring.
2015 Ongoing monitoring of Pipestone’s needs for quality arts programs for the underserved.
2016 Three planning meetings with staff from Reggie Gorter Performing Arts Studio, community members, parents, studio staff and artists.
2017 Official first board meeting took place on January 7, 2017 meeting a total of 10 times. The board drafted & filed legal documents for state nonprofit status & federal tax exempt status. We are awaiting finalization of federal tax exempt status. The board of directors has been working board structure & duties, funding sources, facility, & continual participation in community conversations regarding the needs of the Pipestone area.
2018 501c3 paperwork goes through in March; Pipestone Forward acting as Fiscal Agent
2019 Space is rented at the Jasper Community Center, the Quartziter. Our first big project “The Lion King Jr. Experience” enjoys much success. Followed by the Vocal Study of the Greatest Showman.
2020 Pandemic stopped all progress except for private lessons.
2021 Performed Moana Jr. and started the Kids Rock Band.
2022 Summer Arts Camp with outdoor performance, Scrooge the Musical!
Some activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and an appropriation from the MN State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.