WEBSTER -- May 18, 2018 Northwest Passage has received a pair of grants from the St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF) for two of its experiential programming projects. The two programs fuse therapeutic elements with nature in its treatment of youth facing challenges with their mental health.

The first grant, totaling $3,000, funds the third annual Artist in Residence (AiR) program in partnership with the National Park Service and private funders. The artists will reside at a park property located along the Namekagon River, the Schaefer Cabin, and spend five days a week during June and July working with a variety of artistic mediums and the youth of Northwest Passage on collaborative art projects.

Northwest Passage will welcome back artists, Kat King and Christopher Lutter-Gardella in June and July respectively. There will be artist receptions held at Northwest Passage’s In a New Light Gallery in Webster, Wisconsin. Dates to be announced shortly.

The second grant, totaling $2,500, funds the second annual Prairieview Wellness Garden. The garden serves as a means for youth to connect with homegrown whole foods, build relationships with their peers and their caregivers, and learn a life-long skill. The young people will host their second annual Garden Party in August showcasing and sharing their harvest with the public.

Each year, the SCVF administers three competitive grant programs that support programming for the arts, music education, and health and wellness. This year, the SCVF awarded $94,569.30 to 42 organizations throughout the St. Croix Valley. To learn more about the SCVF, please contact Angie Pilgrim at apilgrim@scvfoundation.org or 715-386-9490.

For more information about Northwest Passage call 715-327-4402 or visit us at nwpltd.org.

Photo:  Northwest Passage’s development director (Chanda Elliott, left) gratefully accepts a $5,500 grant distribution from the St. Croix Valley Foundation’s (Angie Pilgrim, right).

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