For four months in 2016, three Lanesboro area students worked diligently on the Youth Access Technology Project (YATP), a local history media project of impressive scope and quality. You are invited to the grand premiere screening of the important stories told by our students in films completed over the course of countless sessions of historical research, interviews with area residents, content editing, and communications & technology training. Supported by the Smithsonian Institute’s Stories from Main Street Program, these student-created videos will be uploaded to the Smithsonian website, for the purpose of archiving stories of life in America’s small towns.
Through their films and participation in this project, Mai Gjere, Olivia Obritsch, and Nora Sampson are demonstrating the profound impact of — and immense possibilities created through — including young people in the community decision making process and providing them with a platform to share community narratives. Using a blend of contemporary and historical content, each film focuses on a different aspect of the Lanesboro story.
- Olivia, 12th grade / recent graduate, home school ‐ Lanesboro’s history 1980‐present, during the economic revival of the town from a sleepy setting to its current status a destination for visitors, with the transformation of abandoned railroad tracks into a state trail, the creation of a theater company, and the blossoming of a diverse arts organization, meanwhile bringing newcomers to the community.
- Mai, 8th grade / entering 9th this fall, Lanesboro Public School – historic downtown, looking at why people settled in Lanesboro originally in the 19th century, and a deeply personal and local perspective on what it takes to sustain a small town in the year 2016. This intimate portrait of community life, economy, Main Street and the future of rural America is uniquely told through the lens of the filmmaker, her peers, local business owners, and the town’s decision makers.
- Nora, 8th grade / entering 9th this fall, Lanesboro School ‐ Agriculture and century farms, specifically following generations of one family, and looking at the impact of family farms and what happened to change small family farming into bigger commercial farms. Also taking a closer look at what’s happening with farming right now and the challenges and opportunities they’ll face in the future.
The Youth Access Technology Project is taking place thanks to a $9,250 grant awarded to Lanesboro Arts in December 2015 by the Smithsonian Institution. Lanesboro Arts is one of six sites in the nation to receive this grant in 2016. The YATP is a stand‐alone project, but an extension to the Water/Ways Smithsonian Institution exhibition and events that will be taking place in Lanesboro January 7 – February 19, 2017.
- This is a free event! However, patrons are encouraged to register in advance as seating is limited.
- The St. Mane Theatre box office will open for business at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Remaining tickets will be distributed in-person beginning at that time.
- If you are unable to register online or need additional assistance, you may try calling 507-467-2446, on weekdays before 5pm, to register over the phone.
- We will have a list of the names of patrons that registered in advance at the box office beginning at 6:30 p.m. If the person who registered and their guests arrive together, no receipt or proof of purchase is needed in order to be admitted to the event–we will have a list!
- Alternatively, attendees can also present a printed copy of the Eventbrite ticket PDF the person who registered was sent or simply pull it up and present it on a smart phone.