Dylan Days wins grant for Iron Range Bob Dylan exhibit

One of my pet projects is Dylan Days, an annual arts event in Hibbing run by an initiative called “Dylan Arts Celebration,” which I co-chair. Kelly Grinsteinner of the Hibbing Daily Tribune reported Sunday about our recent $10,000 grant from Iron Range Resources’ Culture and Tourism program to create exhibit material for an upcoming Bob Dylan/Iron Range showcase at Ironworld. We plan to use that same exhibit material to create a permenant tribute to Dylan in his hometown of Hibbing within the next few years.

For more information: www.dylandays.com

From the Tribune:

The Hibbing Arts Council will receive $10,000 to create permanent pieces of a Bob Dylan exhibit in conjunction with an upcoming Ironworld showcase and the annual Dylan Days celebration.

Aaron Brown of the Dylan Arts Celebration explained that new pieces would be preserved following the exhibit at Ironworld with the intent to someday make them part of a permanent place in Hibbing.

“Our organization’s long-range goal is to establish a permanent Dylan site, we’re hoping, in Hibbing over the next couple of years,” he said, while noting that the group’s short-term goal of establishing a successful celebration has already been achieved.

Exhibit items could include local memorabilia of Dylan’s time in Hibbing, items on loan from personal collections and audio and visual productions.

“Dylan tourism is an underappreciated thing on the Iron Range,” said Brown. “The Ironworld exhibit will allow us to gauge interest and give us insight to what a permanent exhibit may look like. This hasn’t been done on the Range before, so it should be a big draw.”

This year’s Dylan Days will be celebrated May 22-25. The exhibit at Ironworld is slated to open May 22.

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