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Change Your World: Be An Acorn!

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9 Ways to Change Your World

It doesn’t always seem like you can change the world, but you can certainly change your world…any day, any time. So in honor of Inspire(d)’s ninth birthday (Happy birthday, paper baby), we’re sharing 9 ways you can change your world today!

1. Be a good friend.

2. Meet your neighbors.

3. Look on the bright side.

4. Support local businesses.

5. Cook.

6. Smile.

7. Do something you’ve always dreamed of (it’s inspiring)!

8. Volunteer.

9. Make stuff.

We can do this, friends!


Fall Art Trips: Lanesboro Arts Center

Fall is the loveliest season around here (we think). So we put together a little list of events to add to your calendar! Go ahead and hit the road this fall for some fun art trips in the Driftless Region! Next up: Lanesboro Arts Center!


lanesboroartsLanesboro Arts Center
Swingsation November 5, 2016
Lanesboro, Minnesota 

You know what drive is lovely? Any way you head into Lanesboro, Minnesota. Lucky for us, the arts scene is rich in this tiny (pop. Roughly 750) community, so if you’re looking for a little cultural exploration, plan to stay all day – or even the weekend! Make sure to check out events going on at the Commonweal Theatre, St. Mane Theatre, and, of course, Lanesboro Arts Center.

The Lanesboro Arts Council was formed in the early 1980s – it helped create the Cornucopia Art Center, giving artists a beautiful space to exhibit and providing community arts activities. In 2010, the Council and Cornucopia merged to create Lanesboro Arts.

Programming includes free youth education classes, fine arts galleries, internship programs, performance art, opportunities to participate in public art, and more. Lanesboro Arts has brought innovative arts experiences to audiences for over 30 years, becoming a national model for empowering communities through the arts. A great way to support this darn cool arts center is at their annual benefit gala, Swingsation, November 5, 2016. The event always features a live and silent auction, and this year there’s a New Orleans-inspired theme, with food by Johnny Mango’s Catering, and New Orleans swing jazz. Find details at

Fall Art Trips: Driftless Film Festival

Fall is the loveliest season around here (we think). So we put together a little list of events to add to your calendar! Go ahead and hit the road this fall for some fun art trips in the Driftless Region! Next up: Driftless Film Festival!


driftlessfilmfestivallogoDriftless Film Festival
November 3-6, 2016
Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Now entering its seventh year, the Driftless Film Festival will return to the Mineral Point Opera House this November for four days of independent cinema, live entertainment, workshops, filmmaker discussions, and networking opportunities.

The festival is known for boasting a healthy lineup of both regionally-produced cinema and popular independent productions not typically found on small-town movie screens.

“We’re really proud of our program this year,” says festival director Eve Studnicka. “We are screening more features shot in Wisconsin than we have in the last few seasons.” These include opening night film American Fable which features a surreal scene shot in local attraction House on the Rock, and The Seeker, a feature-length narrative set to the music of regional band Cloud Cult – members of which will be in attendance for a Q&A. The crowd-pleasing Wisconsin Shorts Showcase will also return in 2016, featuring short films produced in-state.

Studnicka notes that once again 50 percent of the features and shorts in the festival lineup are directed by women, and there is no shortage of heavy-hitting documentaries in the 2016 program.

Expanding its educational outreach, Driftless Film Festival will partner this year with the Madison Media Institute and Frozen Stage Films to bring attendees two unique workshops on DIY cinema lighting and writing & directing with a focus on story arc. The popular Student Shorts Showcase will also return to the festival, featuring student-produced short films from across the world competing for a cash prize.

New to the festival this year is a late-night program entitled Temptations, showcasing short films with central themes of indulgence, decadence, and the pursuit of pleasure. “It’s a little risque,” says Studnicka, “but not distasteful. The stories are meant to make us think about how we treat ourselves and really enjoy what life has to offer.”

The Driftless Film Festival will take place November 3-6, 2016 at the Mineral Point Opera House with after-parties at local nightlife establishments.