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Franklin Arts Center to celebrate decade of operation

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Artspace invites the public to a 10th anniversary celebration of the Artspace Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. The facility is a former junior high school that Artspace transformed into a mixed-use arts hub.

The lively arts community located in the building is collectively hosting this free community event, underwritten by Brutger Equities, Inc., from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. Guests can tour several artist live/work studios, shop for local arts and crafts, view an exhibition at the on-site community gallery and see live performances. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

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"Part of Artspace's mission is to sustain space for artists and arts organizations, and we are delighted to celebrate the Artspace Franklin Arts Center, which has provided the creative community in Brainerd with affordable arts spaces for 10 years now," Erika Dani, the Artspace asset manager who oversees the Brainerd property, said in a news release. "The public is invited to sample an abundant smorgasbord of arts experiences provided by the creative enclave in the Artspace Franklin Arts Center, from resident apartments and the gallery to music performances and the chance to shop local."

The Artspace Franklin Arts Center boasts 25 live/work units for artists and their families, as well as some 20 commercial arts spaces that include a nonprofit theater company; a health and wellness center; a pottery collective; working studios dedicated to design, woodworking, photography and yarn arts; and more.