"Access is an issue we continually consider, but now more than ever, we are thinking about how visitors can engage with this project safely in different ways," said Kali Morrison of the Rochester Art Center. "With these grant funds, we are excited to try something new and capture the exhibition [through] a 3D virtual gallery with the intention of sharing to a wider audience in a time when some may not be able to safely or comfortably leave their home."
While many of the Keep it Local grant-funded projects help businesses adapt in the short term, their initiatives are sure to have lasting impacts. One such example is from Rochester's minor league soccer club, Med City FC, which applied to produce soccer technique training videos with Fagan Studios.
“Through this grant, we'll be able to create valuable, professionally edited video content that will live long beyond this summer and reach far beyond the borders of Rochester and southeastern Minnesota," said Med City FC general manager and co-owner Frank Spaeth.
Although COVID-19 has impacted businesses, non-profits, and organizations alike, perhaps it provided the push to enhance these entities’ operations, both now and in the future, and call upon the collaborative community spirit to see each other through.