Chad Elliott-2 Day Artist Residency September 2nd & 3rd

Community Reception September 3rd

We round off our Alive with Creativity Downtown with Chad Elliot leading a 2-day artist residency, Friday, September 2nd, and Saturday, September 3rd.

Friday, September 2nd

Chad Elliott Singer-songwriter and artist at Mandy’s Coffee and Cafe, 10 am – 3 pm | Chad will be engaging with community members as he paints a vision of Alive with Creativity Downtown.  Please come and share with Chad about creativity as he paints.  This painting will be presented at a community reception, Saturday, September 3rd at 5 PM

Saturday, September 3rd

Chad Elliott Singer-songwriter and artist at Tootsie Too’s, 10 am – 3 pm | Chad will be leading three sing-alongs for kids of all ages.  Time: 10 am – 10:45 am, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm.   Wilderman’s Treetop Tales by Chad Elliot is a collection of whimsical lyrics and paintings created by International award-winning songwriter, Chad Elliott. Think Shel Silverstein with more color and a song album. The book is designed for ages 3-10 and contains both heartwarming and giggle-worthy poetry accompanied by Chad’s own illustrations.

Join us for a community reception to celebrate a summer Alive with Creativity Downtown from 5-7 pm at Home Plate Grill & Dugout Lounge.  This event will feature the unveiling of the commissioned Red Wing’s “Alive with Creativity Downtown” painting created by Chad Elliot and  the presentation of a documentary photo installation curated and created by Pam Dusbabek of Heart of Life Creative,  This reception also furthers the conversation about fostering creativity in our downtown community, Also, live musical performance by Chad Elliott Singer-songwriter.

Midwest singer-songwriter Chad Elliott blends folk roots, swampy blues and soulful writing to deliver an original Americana sound. His live performances have been honed over a decade of being on the road performing more than 200 shows each year. Elliott is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz Magazine. He has penned more than 1,500 songs in his career while also cultivating his skills as a painter, sculptor, illustrator and author (Wilderman’s Treetop Tales; Rumble & Flash).
Regarding Chad’s music Sam Burrish of the Sioux City Journal states, “In the wide scope of Americana music live stories timeless as the land. With dynamic swells amid driven and transient melodies, Chad Elliott tells them one song at a time,”

Community Reception

We invite the community to celebrate with our business owners and artists involved with our successful Alive with Creativity Downtown program – our collective endeavor of bringing creative placemaking to our downtown this summer!

Date: Saturday, September 3rd

Time: 5 PM – 7 PM

Location: Home Plate Grill & Dugout Lounge

5 PM – 5:30 PM – Presentation of “Alive with Creativity Downtown” painting by Chad Elliott and photographic storyboards Pam Dusbabek.

5:30 PM – 7 PM – Social time and live music by Chad Elliott, singer-songwriter, poet, and artist.


With the vision of realizing a vibrant and prosperous downtown and being inviting to all in our diverse community, the Alive with Creativity Downtown program brought in a variety of artists and creatives who actively created and engaged with people of all ages and interests inside Downtown Red Wing businesses, vacant spaces, and outdoors each weekend during the summer.

Alive with Creativity Downtown is presented by Red Wing Arts and Downtown Main Street Red Wing as a creative way to activate downtown spaces with artists this summer.

We thank our funders, Jones Family Foundation and SEMAC

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.