A Prairie Homelessness Companion
Organization and community: Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (Southwest region, MN)
The Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership is working with PlaceBase Productions and zAmya Theater Company on an artist-led process exploring rural homelessness in three Southwestern Minnesota communities. Their desire is to increase awareness and education for issues surrounding rural homelessness on a local and statewide level. The artists are collaborating directly with Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership staff and have identified community partners, stakeholders, civic leaders, residents, and the local homeless population to facilitate a process of engagement, exploration, awareness, and education of rural homelessness through the research, creation, and performance of an original musical theater production. Following the performances, the artists will evaluate their strategies and create a final plan for Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership staff to utilize in future projects.