Homeless Artist Wins State Fair Competition with Help of SMRLS Attorney and Blue Ribbon Artist

Being homeless did not stop St. Paul artist Ricardo Flores from creating his first piece of “crop art,” and entering it in the State Fair competition. To top it all off, he won a blue ribbon. 

It undoubtedly helped that Laura Melnick, senior attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, and a volunteer at Saint Paul’s Listening House, spotted Flores’s creativity and encouraged him. Melnick, a five-time State Fair “best of show” ribbon holder for crop art, showed Flores her technique.  As a legal aid attorney, volunteer, and artist, Melnick exemplifies commitment to low-income Minnesotans. Read the full story. #WeAreLegalAid