Minnesota's Legacy

Anoka County Library - Live at the Library

Project Details by Fiscal Year
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Measurable Outcomes may be collected by survey, anecdotal responses, pre-test/post-test, observations; End user change in Behavior, Attitude, Skills, Knowledge, Condition and/or StatusA celebration of the arts at all Anoka County Library locations where the community can experience the arts in action and learn more about other cultures through their arts.

Project Overview

Anoka County Library in cooperation with the Anoka County Arts Alliance sponsors a countywide arts event on June 5, 2010.

Our libraries come alive with a wide range of artists, performers and musicians, who show off their talents and artistic skills from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at all nine of our "unquiet" branch locations

Project Details

Total number of Program/events: 9 simultanious artisitc events
Total Attendance: 5,201 people

Date and Locations: June 5, 2010
* North Central Branch Library
* Northtown Library
* St. Francis Branch Library
* Mississippi Branch Library
* Rum River Library
* Crooked Lake Branch Library
* Johnsville Branch Library
* Centennial Branch Library
* Columbia Heights Public Library

Organizational Partner: Anoka County Arts Alliance

Anoka County Arts Alliance (ACAA) works with local arts communities to identify a wide range of local artisits and performers to participate in the "Live at the Library" event. ACAA promotes the application process for the art event, distributing and compiling applications, input on final selection or artistic participants and promoting the application process and the event itself.

This countywide celebration of the arts allowed library customers to experience the arts in action, while interacting with artists and performers as they worked. A wide range of performers and artists were involved, providing an exposure to cultures and arts that are not normally available in Anoka County.

The historical Civil War encampment was a huge hit, even in the rain! The "unquiet" atmosphere allowed library staff to connect more closely with their end users, as they enjoyed the artists and performers together. Library customers appreciated the effort the library had made to create a fun and educational day for them. One unexpected outcome was the connections the artists and performers made with each other. Musicians attended each other's performances and by the end of the day in one building, the fly tying artist had made the harpist a set of earrings using the materials from his fly tying kit.

This was agreat event that brought artists, performers, library staff and library end users together in a fun community event, while celebrating and learning more about the arts.