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Community Stories

We the Many works with communities to create performing arts residencies in three rural Midwestern communities. All residency activities are created in partnership with community members, seek to leverage existing assets, and emphasize connecting to neighboring communities.

Read about the work so far, and check back for more stories soon.


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We The Many on In The Moment

A virtual artist in residence program is not exactly new given the circumstances of living through a pandemic. But, when the Sisseton Arts Council was presented the opportunity during the early stages of COVID-19 the concept was still new to the area. Proving he was up for the challenge, Minneapolis-based Brazilian-American artist Alex Hathaway quickly alleviated any concerns by making several calls to key figures in the local arts community in an effort to understand the land, the people, and the energy. Read More >

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Growth Across Distance in South Dakota

In South Dakota, on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, something magical is taking root. Learn how this community is connecting and growing through We The Many despite never having met their resident artist in person. Read More >

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Once Upon a Time in Perry

Erik Dominguez, a professional storytelling coach in Des Moines, will soon begin an artist-in-residence project with the Perry nonprofit Art on the Prairie to help locals develop and perform 5- to 10-minute personal stories — and to encourage their friends and neighbors to do the same. Read More >