Our Mission Statement:
“This corporation is organized exclusively for the promotion of community integrative health, happiness, and well being; the integrative betterment of individual community members (children, teenagers, adults, and elders) in body, mind, and spirit; and the enhancement of the social fabric of the Bird Island and surrounding communities.”
The Bird Island Cultural Center was legally registered on 11/8/16 as a Nonprofit Corporation by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) as of 11/22/16. The creation of the centre originated from talks between Mark & Rosemary Glesener, Owner/Operator’s of Grama’s House (a local bed and breakfast without the breakfast), about community spaces and continuing those as neighborly talks with Gordy Blem, Director of Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, who wanted to donate the funeral home to a non profit organization in Bird Island for the betterment of the community.
Our role in the community is to facilitate the creation of programs that connect community members with resources to further their interest and engagement in arts, wellness, culture, and more simply investing in our neighbors. A few examples of these programs are: literature workshops with published authors, Poetry Slam competitions, music lessons for all ages, oral history projects, and local artist showcases.
We are excited to share in this journey of learning through and with the community! We intend that each program or activity or event we sponsor or hold builds on this mission by beginning and deepening our relationship with our community and by supporting cultural opportunities in an entirely new way by taking an active role to set the table and create a welcoming platform for local engagement.