Illinois presented 23 localities with honors for the 2018 Governor’s Hometown Awards program, during a special reception at the Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.
Morrison Loft 112 was represented by Kim Ewoldsen, left, Executive Director of Morrison Area Development Corporation; Jerry Lindsey, MADC President; Barry Dykhuizen, right, Morrison City Administrator. Ewoldson and Dykhuizen displayed the sign for Lindsey.
Morrison Loft 112, a local artist retail cooperative, was created by the Morrison Area Development Corporation (the City’s economic development partner) in 2017. The community’s strong connection to the arts, combined with an annual arts-community event, became the major reasons the group considered creating a retail art gallery.
The project received strong support, and Loft 112 opened December 15, 2017. The Loft opened with ten artists and is now home to more than 50, including several alumni.