Weaving a legacy for future generations

Honoring our heritage & history

Building bridges to carry us forward

Who we are 

At the Greater Milan Initiative, our mission is to foster healthy and inclusive communities, promote a fair and sustainable economy, elevate the arts and cultural offerings in the region, preserve and rejuvenate our natural surroundings, and ensure a vibrant future for all members of the Greater Milan Community, now and for generations to come.

Discover a little piece of history and cultural richness in Milan, Minnesota. Founded by pioneering Norwegian immigrants in 1879, this small town has a rich heritage that it proudly showcases today. From its peaceful streets to its progressive and diverse community, Milan is a place that truly embodies the spirit of a close-knit, welcoming town. 

The story of Milan doesn’t end there! With the recent arrival of new residents from Micronesia, the town continues to add new threads to its cultural tapestry, making it a truly unique and unforgettable place to visit. So come explore the charming mix of history, cultural richness, and artistic energy that is Milan. 

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We focus on the future of our children in Milan, and we are devoted to ensuring their success in a changing world. We offer programs for all ages,  from birth through high school, to provide a safe, engaging and supportive environment. 

The heart of our town beats strong within the walls of the Old Milan School, now a bustling community center. When faced with the threat of closure in 2007, our residents rallied to preserve this important piece of our heritage. Through determination and community spirit, we were able to secure the future of this treasured space, where we come together to learn, grow, and create.
Come see for yourself the vibrant energy that thrives in the Old Milan School!

At the Old School

Meander Art Crawl

As a local non-profit partner of the Meander Art Crawl in Minnesota, GMI is proud to be a part of this exciting celebration of the arts. The Meander Art Crawl is a vibrant showcase of the talented artists and creatives from the Upper Minnesota River Valley region, featuring a diverse array of works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and more.

The event brings together artists and art lovers for a weekend of connection and inspiration, as visitors can explore galleries, studios, and other cultural venues throughout the area. GMI is proud to support this event, which not only celebrates the artistic talent in our community, but also helps to raise awareness about the important role that the arts play in our lives and the importance of supporting local artists and organizations. 

The Meander Art Crawl is a wonderful opportunity for GMI to connect with our community, share our mission and values, and raise awareness about the important work that we do.

Mark your calendars! 

This year’s Meander is scheduled for  September 29 & 30, October 1, 2023.

Supporting the greater milan initiative

As a non-profit we rely on donations to support our work and mission 

We are bringing people together to make great things happen 

Community collaboration is fundamental to the work we do

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