Pyatt Studio, in partnership with BNIM and our amazing integrated design team, was selected to design the Lower Sioux Intergenerational Cultural Incubator (LSICI) in Morton, Minnesota. The purpose of the LSICI is to strategically promote intergenerational engagement, cultural transmission, and economic well-being at the Lower Sioux Indian Community.
The 17,000 square-foot newly constructed incubator will feature community gathering spaces for youth, adults, and elders while supporting entrepreneurial development and education. A feasibility study completed in May 2018 outlined desired programming for the space based on feedback from community focus group discussions. These include: individual artist studios and shared arts studios for collaborative work and intergenerational transfer of knowledge; a public gallery space and retail space (with online selling platform); classrooms for entrepreneurial training; a commercial kitchen; computer lab with media room and radio station; a library; meeting spaces; dedicated activity spaces for each age group; and a large, shared community space that is open to the public for community gatherings and events. The project is estimated to be complete in 2021.