Itasca Arts Commission

With funding from the Blandin Foundation, the newly formed arts collective engaged HunterSage to help its members “become financially stronger, less reliant on contributed income or subsidies, and more sustainable in an uncertain economic climate.” We interviewed a dozen affiliate organizations, conducted competitive and trend research on other nonprofit arts councils, and presented a startup business plan that established Grand Rapids as the arts destination of northern Minnesota. The plan led to the creation of Grand Rapids Arts.

Thanks for fitting in so wonderfully in our north woods community. Your guidance was extremely specific and will serve as a fantastic blueprint as we carry on.
— Kathy Dodge, Chair, Itasca Arts Council
Anne Hunter