Local Art Non-Profit and Brewery Bring an Open Mic and Beer Tasting to Morris

Local Art Non-Profit and Brewery Bring an Open Mic and Beer Tasting to Morris

Read Local Books, Beer and Bars The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance and Goat Ridge Brewing Co. are teaming up to bring local artists together with locally crafted micro-brews at its first “Books, Beers, & Bars” open mic on Saturday, April 25th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at 630 Atlantic Avenue. 

The open mic is free and open to the public. James A. Zarzana, author of The Marsco Dissident, and Rebecca Fremo, author of Chasing Northern Lights will be reading from their books. After their reading there will be a Q&A, and book signing.

Goat Ridge Brewing Co. will be providing several locally brewed micro-beers to taste for free. Goat Ridge Brewing Co. is opening in New London on April 11th and this will be their first public event. Goat Ridge Brewing Co. supports craft beer, community engagement and the celebration of local culture.

This open mic is another event in The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance’s Read Local program. The Read Local program, which began in Marshall, MN, brings Minnesota authors to towns in Southwest Minnesota to participate in a variety of literary events and grow local artistic culture. The mission of the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance is to advocate, promote, and coordinate arts, heritage, and cultural activities in Stevens County and the surrounding area by

* Supporting the creativity of all people
* Welcoming and celebrating a variety of cultures and perspectives
* Weaving arts, culture, and heritage into the fabric of the community
* Creating a physical place to see, do, experience art/culture/heritage.

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PRCA Presents: Read Local Reading and Potluck


What: Read localRead Local Reading and Potluck

When: Saturday, February 7, 4-6pm

Where: Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, 630 Atlantic Avenue, Morris, MN 56267

On Saturday, February 7, five Minnesota authors will read from and discuss their writing at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. The event, which will be from 4 to 6pm, is free and open to the public, and includes a potluck. Board members of the PRCA will bring food, but everyone is invited to bring something to share.

The five authors are part of the “Read Local” program, a project started by Steve Linstrom in Marshall, Minnesota, to bring regional writers to western Minnesota. Read Local has been underway in Marshall for a year, and now Morris and Granite Falls have joined the program.

The five authors coming in February are:

Paul Legler, a lawyer and policy consultant who lives near Minneapolis, and whose novel, Song of Destiny, tell the story of two brothers who grew up on the North Dakota plains during the turbulent ’70s and have come back together after thirty years.

Milissa Nelson, from Sartell, will share her YA novel, Seasons of Raina, that tells the story of a bullied girl who moves to Minnesota from Colorado to find a new life

Forrest Peterson, a former editor for the West Central Tribune, now works for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is the author of Buffalo Ridge, a novel about ordinary people surviving challenges to agriculture and the meth scourge with humor and strength.

Anne Tews Schwab, from the Twin Cities, will read from her novel in verse, Capsized. Schwab received her MFA from Hamline and has fun writing poetry about pirates. You can find some of them at www.piratepoems.com

Gene Stark, of Glenwood, has three books to share: Deep Tracks to Follow, a memoir of a family and a dog; Flyover Seasons, lyric poetry about western Minnesota; and Tracks in the Mud: Trailing the Last Great Fur Boom, creative non-fiction about the end of the fur industry.

All of these books, as well as books by other Read Local authors, are available at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance.

The Read Local program was designed to bring local and regional writers and readers together in intimate settings, and to make their books available to the general public. The roster of chosen books includes a wide variety of literature: fantasy fiction, picture books, YA novels, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, literary novels, and more.

For more information, please contact the PRCA at 585-5037, prca@prairierenaissance.org, or come by the gallery at 630 Atlantic Avenue in Morris.

READ LOCAL! Minnesota Children’s and Young Adult Authors Coming to Morris

Minnesota childrenREad local’s and young adult authors Joanne Anderson Reisberg and Jerry Hines will be reading their books and doing activities at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, 630 Atlantic Avenue, on November 22nd from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Reisberg will be reading Zachary Zormer Shape Transformer a children’s math book and What’s Behind the Mighty Fitz? a middle grade reader historical fiction book about the Edmund Fitzgerald. Hines will be reading Searching for Raven a young adult fantasy novel.

Reisberg and Hines are authors participating in the Read Local Program, which brings together Minnesota authors and finds venues for them to do programs for cities across the state. The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance will be bringing twelve authors from across the state to Morris in the next six months as participants in the Read Local program. Read Local began in Marshall, MN at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council and has expanded to the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance with more venues coming in the future.

Estar in el Prairie Exhibit and Reception


Estar in el Prairie: a community based photography project

Reception and artist talk

Where: PRCA art gallery – 360 Atlantic Avenue

When: 7:30pm, Thursday October 30th

Who: You! Everyone is welcome.

From 2000 to 2010, the Latino population in Steven’s County increased by 274%. As the demographics of rural Minnesota change, the futures of small towns will depend on how we welcome and adapt to newcomers. Immigrant communities often face language and cultural barriers; this project aims to address such challenges through storytelling.

A reception will be held on Thursday, October 30th to celebrate this project and to initiate further dialogue on our changing community. Participants and photographers will be present, and we welcome you to join us in a night of fun and community-building as we address questions of place, culture, and rural identity.

Estar in el Prairie: projecto fotográfico basado en la comunidad

Recepción y charla artística

Dónde: PRCA Galería de Arte en Morris-360 Atlantic Avenue

Cuándo: Jueves 30 de octubre a las 7:30 pm

Quién: ¡Ustedes! Todos están cordialmente invitados.

Del  año 2000 al 2010, la población Latina en el Condado de Stevens ha aumentado en un 274%.  Mientras el perfil demográfico cambia en  las  áreas rurales de Minnesota, el futuro de las ciudades pequeñas dependerá de cómo recibamos y nos adaptemos a los nuevos pobladores. Las comunidades inmigrantes constantemente enfrentan barreras culturales y de lenguaje; este proyecto tiene como objetivo abordar estos retos a través de una narrativa visual.

Un evento especial para celebrar este proyecto tendrá lugar el jueves 30 de octubre. Al mismo tiempo quisiéramos  tener un diálogo más profundo acerca de los cambios en una nuestra comunidad. Los participantes y fotógrafos del proyecto estarán presentes y  les damos la  bienvenida a todos para que nos acompañen en una noche amena y a ser partícipe en la construcción de nuestra comunidad mientras se responden  preguntas acerca de nuestro entorno,  cultura e  identidad rural.

2014 Photo Contest Winners are…..

PRCA 2014 Photo Contest Winners

Natural World

  1. Debbie Kilts, Starbuck MN
  2. Ann Grandy, Glenwood MN

Bodies in Motion

  1. Alexander Perowitz, Morris MN
  2. Ann Grandy, Glenwood MN


  1. Claudine Grove, Alexandria MN
  2. Ann Grandy, Glenwood MN


  1. Yvonne Walcott, Morris MN
  2. Barbara Johnson, Miltona MN

Only In Morris

  1. Katie Winters, Morris MN
  2. Jan Freese, Morris MN

People’s Choice Katie Winter, Morris MN

Congratulations!!!! Please visit the PRCA to see all the photos, on exhibit now until August 16th.