The arts benefit everyone.
Not only the individual, but the entire community – even those who do not participate directly. The former idea of perceiving arts and culture as simply entertainment is being replaced by the idea that the ripple effects of the arts have a direct impact on everyone.
The health of the arts and culture sector is directly intertwined with the health of our community. In addition to cultural enrichment, arts and culture create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, reduce crime, increase tourism, support economic growth, and promote a sense of civic pride in our citizens.
This is the vision of Twin Rivers Council for the Arts for our region – to advocate for and work towards a healthy arts community that has a ripple effect on all of our citizens.
Twin Rivers is the result of a shared vision of local arts and culture organizations, individual artists and community members who saw the need for a collaborative and central hub for the arts in Greater Mankato.
Twin Rivers is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the arts, connects people to arts and culture and creates partnerships between the business, cultural, and academic communities – all to ensure that arts and culture thrive in Greater Mankato.
Twin Rivers plays a crucial role in creating partnerships between the business, cultural, and academic communities, advocating for arts and culture as it relates to community and economic development, educating area local artists and cultural groups on the business of art and connecting the Greater Mankato community to more arts and culture opportunities.
A group known as the Greater Mankato Area Coalition for the Arts created a comprehensive plan for arts and culture in Greater Mankato in the mid-90s. Out of this coalition grew the Twin Rivers Council for the Arts Task Force, formed in May 2002.
Since the official launch of Twin Rivers Council for the Arts in 2007, the organization has become a prominent voice for arts and culture in Greater Mankato and works in partnership as the arts commission for the cities of Mankato and North Mankato.
EMY FRENTZ ARTS GUILD
In 2006 Twin Rivers partnered with local developer, Tony Frentz, to establish the Emy Frentz Arts Guild in honor of his late mother and artist, Emy Frentz. The Arts Guild was formerly the First Church of Christ, Scientist. Today, the Emy Frentz Arts Guild houses nine artist studios, an intimate performance and gallery space, offices and meeting space, and is the home of Twin Rivers.