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The melodrama, A Penny Saved, drew a good crowd last week to Central Park. The theatrical performance was put on as part of Art Blast, a week-long arts festival put on by the Rosemount Area Arts Council.2 / 9
Fluegels Farm, Garden and Pet hosted an Art Blast event that included crop paintings, pet portraits, face painting and a pet parade.3 / 9
There were smiles all around the Square Dance Friday night. More than 50 people attended the Art Blast event.4 / 9
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The first year of any big event is a learning experience. For Art Blast organizers, the event’s inaugural year provided a lot insight on ways to improve and build.

“Some things went very well and others didn’t,” said Jeanne Schwartz, Rosemount Area Arts Council president.

RAAC held its first weeklong arts festival June 23 to June 29. The week featured a variety of arts related activities including classes, concerts, theatrical productions and displays.

Art Blast started with the kick-off for One Tile One Rosemount. Schwartz said throughout the week more than 170 people personalized tiles for the community mural.

One Tile-One Rosemount will create an eight foot square mural that will hang in the entryway of the Robert Trail Library.

Tile-signing events will continue throughout the year until all 9,200 tiles have been personalized.

Saturday night featured the arts council’s Bluegrass Americana Festival. Stormy weather hurt attendance for this year’s event. In the past the concert has drawn several thousand people to Central Park. Saturday night’s attendance was somewhere near 100.

In future years, Schwartz said they will plan to have an alternative inside venue for when weather strikes.

Art Blast concluded with the Rosemount Sings competition. Recent Rosemount High School graduate Madison Holtze won and will go on to represent Rosemount at the Minnesota Sings competition in St. Paul.

Overall, organizer John Loch said he felt good about Art Blast and he’s hopeful it will grow into a highly anticipated community festival. A founding member of Leprechaun Days, Loch said he knows from personal experience the early years are the toughest.

Loch said as an organization the arts council aims to provide quality events even if the crowds are small. Going forward, he said, the arts council will concentrate on better marketing the event.

On that note, Schwartz said as the week went on buzz started to build about the events. As they look to plan next year’s Art Blast they hope to build on that buzz.

“Look for Art Blast again next year,” said Schwartz.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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