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The Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership or SWMHP is seeking creative collaborators from a range of artistic disciplines, including but not limited to: visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, media arts, interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary arts.

Artists will collaborate with SWMHP and their community partners on projects in the region, focusing on community engagement, with emphasis on such areas as affordable housing, downtown redevelopment, public safety, health and wellness, and arts and cultural development.

SWMHP is a nonprofit community development corporation serving 30 counties in southwest and south-central Minnesota. The Partnership aims to build strong and healthy places to live so that the communities of the region thrive. Learn more about SWMHP at www.swmhp.org.

Partnership Art, an initiative of SWMHP, is funded by ArtPlace America. In September 2015, SWMHP was the recipient of a three-year award from ArtPlace America's Community Development Investments program to assist in incorporating arts and cultural strategies into the ongoing work with communities in the region. The focus is to engage arts and culture in a creative collaboration to strengthen the future of rural communities.

Projects will take place in the communities of St. James, Milan and Worthington over the next two years (2016 -2018). For more information about the types of issues, ideas and opportunities to be explored through this initiative, as well as information on how to submit a proposal to collaborate with SWMHP on the Partnership Art initiative, visit the project website at www.PartnershipArt.com.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 14. There will be an Artist Info Session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the SWMHP Office at 2401 Broadway Ave., Slayton, or by phone at 712-775-7031, passcode: 202-368-617#.

For more information, call Chelsea Alger, Southwest MN Housing Partnership 507-836-1622, or email ChelseaA@swmhp.org.