The Depot Foundation has officially moved back into the St. Louis County Depot building. The foundation hosted an open house of their new offices Monday while also kicking off the fresh Depot United Campaign.

"Here at the Depot we get the chance to be face to face with our grantees," said Jessica Peterson, development director of the Depot Foundation. "We support all of the arts and culture organizations here at the Depot and it’s wonderful to see everyone in the hallways and see them setting up for their events. We can more easily hear what their needs are so we can better support them."

The Depot United campaign is a collective effort from the seven arts and culture organizations based at the Depot. These include the Duluth Playhouse, Minnesota Ballet, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Arrowhead Chorale, Duluth Art Institute, St. Louis County Historical Society and the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. All the organizations will benefit from the fundraising efforts equally.

“All donations from the Depot United Campaign benefit all Depot organizations equally. Our goal is to work together toward a common goal. The Depot is our home and we are here to help each other. If we have learned anything throughout this pandemic, it’s that strength comes from unity,” said campaign co-chair, Ken Buehler. Buehler, the executive director of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, is heading up the campaign with Renee Mattson, head of the Depot Foundation.

The Depot Foundation recently moved back in to the St. Louis County Depot after being centered in the Wells Fargo building for the past few years. A painting that they received from one of their patrons called "The Depot in July" has been a centerpoint for their joint fundraising campaign.
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The Depot Foundation recently moved back in to the St. Louis County Depot after being centered in the Wells Fargo building for the past few years. A painting that they received from one of their patrons called "The Depot in July" has been a centerpoint for their joint fundraising campaign. Teri Cadeau / Duluth News Tribune

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“The foundation has moved back home to the Depot, and we are excited to renew our partnership with the Depot United Campaign in order to make a larger impact on the tenants of the Depot and the arts and culture they bring to our community," Mattson said in a news release prior to the news conference.

The campaign's slogan is "United we pull through together. The campaign is centered around a painting recently donated to the foundation of the "Depot in July" by Ted Johnson.

"One of our patrons, Ruth Johnson, was moving and asked if we wanted this painting to hang in our office. We said yes and put it up right in the entryway," Peterson said. "Donors will receive a print of the painting if they contribute $250."