Arts anyone? St. Cloud's Around the Cloud website seeks to connect you with local arts scene

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Sep 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - Looking for something to do tonight in St. Cloud? A new website wants to help you out. 

Around the Cloud. org debuted Wednesday, a collaberative effort by dozens of St. Cloud area arts and culture organizations top spotlight local event opportunities online.


"It's a one-click website for all cultural and arts events happening in the greater St. Cloud area," said project leader Dennis Whipple.


The executive artistic director at St. Cloud's GREAT Theatre, Whipple said over the past 60 days, 58 different groups have teamed up to help launch the site, offering times, locations, ticket information and social media opportunities aplenty for more than 260 upcoming St. Cloud events.


AROUND THE CLOUD: Find information on hundreds of St. Cloud area arts and entertainment events on the new website


The website grew out of last February's efforts by the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and the Initiative Foundation to identify 10 community priorities. And one of those priorities, Whipple said, was creating better promotional tools to showcase the wide and varied events coming on in the St. Cloud area every weekend.


After two months of work, Around the went live this week.


"It really been needed to have one site that family and adults and senior and everybody can find out what's going on in this area," Whipple said.


In addition to arts and entertainment showing like concerts, festives, films, and all types of live theatre, dance or comedy performances, Whipple said the site seeks to stretch even further, including literary events and lectures, even classes and other opportunities for St. Cloud residents to better connect with the local arts community.


"Dates, times, ticket prices, a Google can connect it to your friends. It's got everything," Whipple said.


Since its Wednesday rollout, Whipple said early feedback has already been strong, including several thousand web hits during the first few live hours alone.


"Long term, we really want to use this as a really big example of how (St. Cloud's arts community) can work together more in the future," Whipple said.

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