Arrowhead Library System Legacy Grant SFY 2014 - SFY 2015

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$261,461
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$261,461
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Arrowhead Library System
Recipient Type
Libraries
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Digitization/Online Information Access
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Fund Administration
Grants/Contracts
Preservation
Research
Counties Affected
Carlton
Cook
Itasca
Koochiching
Lake
Lake of the Woods
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2013 Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 4
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of education for grants to the 12 Minnesota regional library systems to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. These funds shall be allocated using the formula in Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, subdivisions 3, 4, and 5, with the remaining 25 percent to be distributed to all qualifying systems in an amount proportionate to the number of qualifying system entities in each system. For purposes of this subdivision, "qualifying system entity" means a public library, a regional library system, a regional library system headquarters, a county, or an outreach service program. These funds may be used to sponsor programs provided by regional libraries or to provide grants to local arts and cultural heritage programs for programs in partnership with regional libraries. These funds shall be distributed in ten equal payments per year. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the appropriations encumbered on or before June 30, 2015, as grants or contracts in this subdivision are available until June 30, 2017.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$261,461
Other Funds Leveraged
$66,685
Direct expenses
$328,146
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
.5
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total Number of Programs Held: 51 programs that include participation in the statewide program (One Book, History Day, & Minnesota Book Awards), the creation of public art displays at two public libraries, tickets to 12 concerts, plays or other community sponsored events , 4 museum pass programs (with admission to a choice of 13 museums), and 30 other art, photography, poetry, dance, music, author, illustrators , puppets and plays that were performed at various libraries in the Arrowhead Library System.

Total Attendance: 14,955 people attended programs held at the libraries, visited museums or attended concerts or plays.

Total Number of Partnerships: 1,159 partnerships were involved throughout the year that consist of the artists/performers, libraries, newspapers, community organizations, schools, and nursing homes that promoted, hosted, or performed as part of our Legacy programming.

Description of Funds
Three activities of particular note:

Partnerships in Programming - Minnesota History Player Virginia Mae Hope presented her program about being a pilot during WWII at the Mesabi East School, Cook, Gilbert, Grand Marais, and Grand Rapids public libraries. Many of our smaller libraries choose to partner with local schools as outreach for the services available through libraries and to provide extra educational programming that is beyond school budgets. The Aurora Public Library partnered with the Mesabi East School district to present this interactive history program to 76 students providing an opportunity to see and touch historical artifacts related to this historical period. In Grand Marais, the WTIP North Shore Community Radio station conducted a live interview with the Virginia Mae Hope character advertising the library program and providing a bit of Minnesota history live on the air and that continues to be available for streaming on their website. The Grand Rapids program coincided with a local book group reading of the All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg and included a local woman Marine who served during WWII. The combination of live history portrayal, artifacts from that time period and the contribution of a local woman veteran combined to make this an exciting opportunity to learn about the role Minnesota women played in World War II.

Theater and Poetry in Children's Programming - The Duluth Playhouse presented the Boogers in Yard Bizarre at 15 libraries and 3 schools to a total of 1,266 people. This interactive program exposed children to a variety of short poems and included many poems students had just memorized as part of a poetry unit. In fact, one student noted that the aspect they liked best about the program was "When they did a poem that I knew." Bringing in the live theater not only brought a new theatrical experience , but also brought poetry to life in a creative memorable way, allowing students to see it as more than words on paper. This connection of poetry, creativity and interactive theater engaged the audience and was the best liked aspect of the program at all the locations. Comments included that poems are fun and I should make one, poetry is awesome , I should read poems to my kids, [and] how to have fun playing with words . One Babbitt student commented that "this was an inspiration to young actresses and actors in theater." And a Marble teacher thought that students learned that they can turn off the television, start reading and use their imagination.

Music Appreciation and Technique - Jazz Guitarist Briand Morrison presented a program of smooth, warm, and innovative jazz guitar music at 14 Arrowhead libraries. The goal of this program was to provide an opportunity for people to hear a style of music that is not commonly heard in this part of the state. Briand is from the Grand Marais area and drew nearly a hundred people to the program at that library while smaller more intimate audiences were common at the other libraries. While many commented on his talent and knowledge of musical history; surprisingly many also commented on the guitar techniques, chord transitions, and smooth finger movements they learned. Briand provided an informative presentation about the musicians and composers that created the music he played; he also shared skills many in the audience could immediately use in their own music. A notable comment "Keep the artists coming, please! It's the best way to expose our small town to what is out there!"
Source of Additional Funds

$66,684.90 in in-kind contributions including discounted ticket prices provided by museums and events, the value of library staff time for programs held at libraries including planning for the public art projects, and the additional ALS staff time coordinating Legacy programs. The value of public notices printed in newspapers has not been included in this figure.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2013 Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 4
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of education for grants to the 12 Minnesota regional library systems to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. These funds shall be allocated using the formula in Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, subdivisions 3, 4, and 5, with the remaining 25 percent to be distributed to all qualifying systems in an amount proportionate to the number of qualifying system entities in each system. For purposes of this subdivision, "qualifying system entity" means a public library, a regional library system, a regional library system headquarters, a county, or an outreach service program. These funds may be used to sponsor programs provided by regional libraries or to provide grants to local arts and cultural heritage programs for programs in partnership with regional libraries. These funds shall be distributed in ten equal payments per year. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the appropriations encumbered on or before June 30, 2015, as grants or contracts in this subdivision are available until June 30, 2017.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$261,461
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total number of projects: 34
Total attendance/participation: 10,200
Total number of partnerships: 176
Total value of in-kind contributions: $42,000
Total administrative costs: $14,563
Total FTE: .5

Description of Funds
Arn Kind, Minnesota Firsts was an interactive history experience about all the times in history where Minnesotans were first to participate in the historical event. Patrons thoroughly enjoyed this very engaging, informative and entertaining look at history, Without Legacy funds, patrons in the Arrowhead Region would never be able to experience this program.

State Fair Stories with Keri Huber brought the history of the great Minnesota "get-together" to the Arrowhead Region. Keri showed photographs, maps, and discussed the changes and advances at the State Fair through the years. Keri shared personal stories as well as the stories of many others who have been instrumental in creating a quality State Fair year after year.
Project Overview

Minnesota’s 12 regional public library systems, which encompass 350 public libraries in all areas of the state, benefit from a portion of the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Through State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, each regional public library system receives a formula-driven allocation from the annual $3 million Minnesota Regional Library Legacy Grant.

Arrowhead Library System (ALS) is a federated regional public library system with central services located in northeastern Minnesota. ALS has twenty-nine member public libraries located in seven counties: Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis. With Arts and Cultural Heritage funds, ALS and its member libraries present an array of arts, cultural, literary, and Minnesota history programs in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations, independent artists, historical societies, and community organizations. Programs contribute to the cultural vitality of the region and build a lasting legacy.

Project Manager
First Name
Jim
Last Name
Weikum
Organization Name
Arrowhead Library System
Street Address
5528 Emerald Avenue
City
Mt. Iron
State
MN
Zip Code
55768-2069
Phone
(218) 741-3840 Ext. 230
Email
jim@arrowhead.lib.mn.us