Dovetail Partners Awarded Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust Grant for Community Art Contest and Exhibit in Ely, Minnesota

Educational art contest and exhibit to highlight how residents positively adapt to 'Living with Wildfire'



(Minneapolis, MN) - On May 13th, 2015 Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental nonprofit, was awarded a $1,000 organization project grant from the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust. Dovetail plans to use the grant money to host an educational community art contest and exhibit in Ely, Minnesota, the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The contest and exhibit will seek to highlight how local residents positively adapt to living with wildfire.


Residents of all ages from youth to elders will be encouraged to submit visual artworks depicting their relationship living with the risk of wildfire threats in a town that abuts fire-prone wilderness areas. A request for artistic proposals is forthcoming. The community art exhibit will take place in Ely, MN during summer 2016. Artists will have this coming fall and winter to create visual artworks for submittal next spring. All types of visual mediums are encouraged for submission, including, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glassworks, design, photography, film and performance-based pieces.


The Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust is an Ely-based organization whose purpose is for the enhancement, growth and improvement of:


  • The Ely Public Library
  • The arts and artisans of Ely and surrounding area, to include the performing arts, the visual arts and literature
  • The creating and funding of scholarships, educational and artistic grants, and
  • The cultural and aesthetic environment of the City of Ely and its surrounding area.


Gloria Erickson, Dovetail's Local Area Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator and longtime Ely resident, will manage the Living with Wildfire Art Contest and Exhibit. The art contest and exhibit will serve as an educational awareness and outreach event and is part of Dovetail's larger Fire Adapted Communities work within the community.


Additional information about Fire Adapted Communities and Dovetails' involvement can be found here:


Questions regarding the Living with Wildfire Art Contest and Exhibit may be directed towards Gloria Erickson at or 218-365-0878.