Contributed by the Cultural Crossroads of Minden
“She loved the arts and children,” says Jennifer Black of her daughter, Baily Madden, who passed away in July of this year. When searching for a venue to hold a memorial for her daughter, Black found the perfect place to honor the artistic nature of her spirit at The Farm of Cultural Crossroads.
The 26 year old nonprofit runs a 4 acre farm, rental venue, and arts education center at 419 E. Union St. in Minden. Their mission is “to unite all people through the arts,” something that Madden held dear to her heart.
“Baily loved The Farm and all of the programs they offer to teach children about the arts. It’s what she would have wanted,” stated Black. It was at that time that she decided she would raise money for the organization by asking for donations in Madden’s honor at the memorial. By the end of the night $400 had been raised, an amount that brought tears to the eyes of the organization’s Executive Director, Brandi Cade.
Black did not stop there, though. She continued to raise even more money through a Facebook fundraiser, ultimately raising $2,000. “When Mrs. Black called to tell me of the news, I was shocked. We have not been immune to the financial hardship that has resulted from the COVID-19 crisis. This donation came at a time when we needed it the most. We want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who made this happen. Thank you!” says Cade.
In the Spring of 2021, a tree will be planted at The Farm in honor of Madden, a long-lasting reminder of one of the organization’s cherished young artists.
“While donations are always needed and greatly appreciated, there are many other ways to help or get involved,” says Cade. “We have a new membership program with lots of great benefits, we open the gates every Friday morning from 9-11 am for anyone who would like to volunteer their time to keep The Farm beautiful, and choosing us as a rental venue gives us the revenue we need to keep going.”
Questions about Cultural Crossroads can be directed to Cade by calling 318-268-8153 or emailing CulturalCrossroadsOfMinden@gmail.com.