In the coming weeks the streets in Downtown Minot will be far more colorful. This comes as the Minot
Street Art Movement begins to paint the alley ways of the city. As that organization works to improve
the exterior of downtown structures, the Minot Resilience Volunteers In Service To America (VISTAs) willbe working to help the youth tell the city’s story by means of art. Starting May 16th Resilience VISTAs,
Nancy Simpson and Mia Dillard will work with nearly 100 fourth and fifth grade students of Perkett
Elementary to communicate their memories of the 2011 flood with a focus on climate residence (Floods,Tornados, blizzards, etc).
Upon completion, these 98 works of arts will be proudly displayed in the Children’s Outdoor Art Gallery,
which will be on the exterior of the new Renaissance Parking Ramp. The portraits will remain up
throughout the summer until constructed is completed.
Nancy Simpson, Minot Resilience VISTA says “This project will help tell the Resilience story of Minot
through the eyes of some of the youngest citizens. We want this to not only add to the flare of Minot’s
Downtown but to be a therapeutic coping method for the children, making something positive from a
negative experience that affected so many families.”
Nancy and Mia will be at Perkett May 16th at 1:30pm, May 17th at 11:30 am and May 18th at 10:45 am.
The Children’s Outdoor Art Gallery will be unveiled during the upcoming Ribbon Cutting of the Central
Ramp Parking Structure on May 26th.
The Minot Resilience VISTAs are with Cities of Service Resilience.
AmeriCorp VISTAs, which serve in City Hall to help create and implement resilience teaming programs
and impact volunteering initiatives.