Kingfield sees art as the key

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The Kingfield Neighborhood will be unlocking the creative ideas of local artists and community members in their upcoming art show and silent auction event: _Art is the Key_ (March 25th, 7 – 10 p.m. at Leonardo’s Basement / Anodyne at 4301 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis). The key is offered as a symbolic expression of the way art and people create happy, healthy, communities. Artists can use a literal key, or choose to use imagery that depicts the “key” of their creativity. Either way, contributors to the exhibit are encouraged to get creative!

Rosemary Dolata, a Kingfield resident and architect, sees _Art is the Key_ as a great way to strengthen the community. “It is a unique merging of Kingfield’s assets,” Dolata said. “The Corner Table and the Anodyne Coffeehouse each get some additional exposure and neighbors get to sample their treats. Leonardo’s Basement, in conjunction with local artists, makes art accessible to all of us. Through this event, the Kingfield Neighborhood is both weaving together people, art and local business and at the same time raising funds to continue good neighborhood work and outreach. Kingfield is a great example of creative, pedestrian friendly, urban environment.”

March 1 is the deadline for submitting art for the show (for more information visit the “Kingfield Neighborhood Web site”:http://www.kingfield.org and click on _Art is the Key_, or call the Kingfield Neighborhood Association at 612/823-5980). The _Art is the Key_ art show and silent auction on March 25 will include appetizers and desserts artfully crafted by Scott Pampuch, chef and owner of the Corner Table, as well as wine and beer. Artwork submitted will be sold at the silent auction, with half of the proceeds going to the artist, and half going to benefit future community art projects in the Kingfield neighborhood.

Neighborhoods such as Kingfield are attuned to the need to attract and retain what author and social theorist Richard Florida calls the “creative class” to evoke a quality of life in their community that promotes tolerance and inclusion. In his book, The Rise of the Creative Class, Florida states, “Cities and regions that attract lots of creative talent are also those with greater diversity and higher levels of quality of place. That’s because location choices of the creative class are based to a large degree on their lifestyle interests, and these go well beyond the standard “quality-of-life” amenities that most experts think are important.”

Art is a community connector, a truth teller, an entertaining elixir, and most definitely the key.

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