Legacy Award – November 10, 2016
5:30 – 6:15 P.M.
Social Time, Hors d ’oeuvres, Cocktails
6:15 – 6:45 P.M.
by Gil Williams
President, Bloomington Community Foundation
by Gene Winstead, Mayor
City of Bloomington
2016 Legacy Award to
Joan Black


JOAN BLACK is an outstanding community leader in Bloomington. She is
civically engaged and for the past 65 years Joan has demonstrated remarkable
and excellent leadership involvement in a never-ending list of Bloomington
community involvement in educational, social services, governmental,
faith, community projects, and social affairs. She always sought out ways
to improve the quality of life through trying to improve and make better the
status quo through participation and leadership in many areas and facets of
life in Bloomington.
Joan was born the third eldest of 9 children in 1931 and was raised on a farm
south of LeCenter in LeSueur County, Minnesota. She attended public school
in Cleveland, Minnesota and attended Mankato State University and the
University of Minnesota where she received a Bachelor’s Degree and worked
on her Masters.
Joan was vitally instrumental in the early and ongoing development and
growth of our local theatre organization, now known as Artistry. The Theatre
was heavily reliant on volunteers for every aspect of the operation to supplement
the efforts initially of a lone part-time staff person, then a single fulltime
employee, and later, a still small but growing staff. At the 2010 Taste of
Chocolate Celebration, the Bloomington Arts council Center presented Joan
with the Arts Advocate of the Year Award.
Joan was a founding member of the Church of St. Edward in the fall of 1967
and over the years was actively involved in many ministries.
Joan has held many Bloomington City Council Appointments and State of
Minnesota Leadership positions from Curriculum Development to MASCD
State Conference Coordinator. She was also appointed by the Superintendent
of Schools to the University of Minnesota Heart Health Advisory Board;
served on and chaired the Bloomington Intercultural and Non-Sex Bias
Committee as representative for the Bloomington Schools and several other
Bloomington Community Leadership positions.