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4th Annual Baapinakamigad Gala Celebration of Art and Music


On September 24th and 25th, 2016, KKWE 89.9 FM Niijii Radio will celebrate its’ 4th Annual Baapinakamagid Gala Celebration of Art and Music.  This celebration will take place at the Pavilion in Detroit Lakes.  Last year we brought together 32 art and craft vendors and 22 performing artists.  It was a wonderful time for family and friends to come together to celebrate the talents found in Minnesota. 

All of the artists, both vendors and performing artists are Minneosta residents.  KKWE Niijii Radio prides itself in investing in our local arts scene.  The arts can and do make a difference in the lives of our residents.  The expression, the beauty, and the wisdom in each piece of work, be it a visual art piece or a performing art demonstration, reveals emotion and with it a story.  There is a plethora of reasons to support the arts, not only by attending this two-day event, but also for the good of the whole community. Here are a few of the reason why:

·      ECONOMIC DRIVERS: The arts create jobs and produce tax revenue. A strong arts sector is an economic asset that stimulates business activity, attracts tourism revenue, retains a high quality work force and stabilizes property values. The arts have been shown to be a successful and sustainable strategy for revitalizing rural areas, inner cities and populations struggling with poverty.

·      EDUCATIONAL ASSETS: The arts foster young imaginations and facilitate children’s success in school. They provide the critical thinking, communications and innovation skills essential to a productive 21st-century work force.

·      CIVIC CATALYSTS: The arts create a welcoming sense of place and a desirable quality of life. The arts also support a strong democracy, engaging citizens in civic discourse, dramatizing important issues and encouraging collective problem solving.

·      CULTURAL LEGACIES: The arts preserve unique culture and heritage, passing a state’s precious cultural character and traditions along to future generations.

As the National Arts and Humanities Act of 1965 states, “While no government can call a great artist or scholar into existence, it is necessary and appropriate for government to help create and sustain not only a climate encouraging freedom of thought, imagination, and inquiry but also the material conditions facilitating the release of this creative talent.”  We here at Niijii Radio agree and believe that the arts make a difference in our everyday lives and invite all to attend this family friendly free event.   

For more information, or to become a vendor, call Niijii Radio at 218-375-2012.