by Tom Kuder, AOTL Treasurer
As you might expect, the year 2020 had plenty of negative impact on our Art of the Lakes organization: Gallery closings. No Art & Craft Affair. No Studio Tour. Cancelled workshops. Less revenue. (Perhaps your own artistic pursuits suffered as well.)
But the challenges of last year also prompted some positive change at AOTL: a concerted effort to transform our operations, communications and member services to become more resilient and efficient.
Nowhere is that more evident than in our shift to digital technology.
by Ozzie Tollefson
When I moved back to my home state of Minnesota after living out East for 57 years, my city friends wondered if I’d get bored. I recently had a phone call from an eastern friend. He started, “So what’s it like living out there in the sticks?” I’m sure you’ve heard the label east and west coast folks use for middle America. They call it, “fly-over country.” They assume that it’s all corn fields, pig sties, mosquitoes, and sticker bushes. Wrong! They need to drive the back roads and stop in little towns. They’d be amazed to discover what is happening in communities they have only seen from 30,000 feet in the air.