Meet the Team

Cultural Centre Board

Chuck Brown

Chuck Brown

President

Olivia, MN- Chuck, a humorist and a retired businessman published his first novel in 2006 and then wrote three more! Chuck is involved in civic and regional organizations. His involvement with these organizations lends depth to his knowledge of greater Minnesota’s interpersonal relationships. He currently is a policy fellow for Growth and Justice. Bill Holm wrote, “This is truly a funny and charming book.” (The Lake Hayes Regatta)

Cathy Baumgartner

Cathy Baumgartner

Vice-President

Olivia, MN – Cathy is a retired grant writer and labor market advisor to businesses and job seekers. She is active in local economic development organizations, an avid reader, dabbles in creative writing, and is a frequent world traveler. Cathy believes in the value of art, books and travel as tools to enrich our lives and better understand the world around us.

Mark Glesener

Mark Glesener

Secretary | Treasurer

Bird Island, MN – Mark, a retired Social Worker, entrepreneur, healthcare administrator, and civic organization officer is an assest to many organizations, especially the Cultural Centre in Bird Island where he is the fiscal officer and a grant writer.

Karen Roker

Karen Roker

Board Member

Bird Island, MN – Karen is a County Extension Educator and 4-H leader. An agricultural businesswoman who understands community interconnectedness is of land, civic spirit, and hope for future generations.

Rosemary Glesener

Rosemary Glesener

Director

Bird Island, MN – Rosemary, a Minnesota native has resided in Renville County for approximately forty years. During this time, she organized art shows in various venues. These three-day exhibitions showcased local, regional and metropolitan artists. As a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Superior, she designed her own major entitled Integrative Community Wellness which encompassed her belief that art, psychology and health are interconnected. She has been instrumental in the management of the Cultural Centre, her brain child, since its inception in November 2016. As an artist, poet/essayist and entrepreneur she thrives on the creative process. In 2021, Rosemary was selected as the receipent of the Prairie Disciple Award “in recognition of her outstanding commitment and sustained efforts to promote the vitality of the arts in Southwest Minnesota and with appreciation for her significant achievement as an arts advocate for our region and state.”

Gene Wenstrom

Gene Wenstrom

Board Member

Sartell, MN – Gene, an Economic Development Consultant and former MN State Legislator, thrives on good ideas, solid economic management and how to benefit greater Minnesota.

Rebecca Heerdt

Rebecca Heerdt

Board Member

Hector and Chaska, MN – Rebecca is a Special Education Teacher, art teacher, film producer, set designer, pianist and composer. She is President of the Renville County Music Teachers Association (Club 88) and Music Chairman of the MN Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship and Awards Committee and their Parade of American Music. Rebecca was also recently named President of The Yellowstone Trail Alliance of Western Minnesota.

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The Selection Process

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Mark and Rosemary Glesener originated the nonprofit corporation and subsequent 501(c)(3) status and chose the initial board members through a process of determining, among people they knew, who would have an interest and time available to develop the Centre and its programs. Currently the Board has six members and pland to expand to seven members shortly to increase diversity of the Board as a reflection of our regional community. Also, efforts are being made to recruit a young adult to the Board to support and identify the interests of high school and college aged members of the greater community.

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Our Partners

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Interested in Partnering with Us?

The Cultural Centre is always looking for new innovative ways to integrate the arts into the community and to reflect the community in the arts. We accomplish this through partnering with people, business and non-profits in a wide variety of ways. If you or your organization are interested in joining our mission please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

Address

640 Dogwood Avenue P.O. Box 434
Bird Island, MN 55310
(320) 365-1011

birdislandculture@gmail.com

Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Summer Hours (May 1st - Aug. 31st)

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm; Saturday 1-4pm

 

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.