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Watermark launches Art Means Business campaign

Watermark's Capital Campaign Co-Chair Marilyn Miller, right, thanks Jonetta Bakke, of Scotland Bakke Dental Clinic for their recent contribution to Watermark's campaign. (Submitted photo)

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center recently launched the business portion of its Make Your Mark fundraising campaign. The art center's Capital Campaign Committee will be approaching area businesses to partner with the community in bringing a new, updated art center to downtown Bemidji.

According to a recent study compiled by Creative Minnesota, artists and art/cultural organizations spend an estimated $10.8 million per year in Beltrami and surrounding counties. Watermark's new Art Means Business campaign will provide further data on arts spending and will underscore the economic impact a bigger art center will bring to the region, a release said.

"We're very optimistic about this new phase in our campaign," said Marilyn Miller, co-chair of Watermark's Capital Campaign Committee, in the release.

"There has already been a lot of interest from the business community in regard to Watermark's expansion. Now, thanks to an anonymous donor, businesses can have their gifts and pledges matched dollar for dollar during this time."

Watermark Art Center is a nonprofit, member-supported organization dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of art in the community. The art center is currently accepting donations for the Make Your Mark Campaign for the new Watermark Art Center. The $3 million project will renovate the former Lakeside Lueken's grocery store building into a 10,000 square-foot center for art. To learn more about the Make Your Mark campaign, visit