The Birth of the Lander Art District | LOR Foundation

The Birth of the Lander Art District

With Lander's art scene struggling amidst the pandemic, one local had an idea: establish a creative district that could benefit the entire community.


Local painter Shannon Kelly works in a newly created studio space at the anchor building for the Lander Creative District. Photo by Kirk Rasmussen

With the closure of downtown studio space and the impact of COVID-19, it was clear to Lander artists that the creative scene was struggling in early 2021—a problem for artists and for all of Lander. That’s why Lori Hunter, a Lander local, purchased a building that once housed a saloon and—with a little help from LOR—revitalized it as an anchor point for a new creative district on Main Street. Already, the impact is clear: Since the Lander Art District was established, sales are up and artists have a new space to paint, sculpt and grow as creatives. Watch the video below to see how the district evolved, studio space transformed, and artists worked together to make Lander such a great place to live and work.

Filmed and edited by Kirk Rasmussen, Topographic Media.

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