Arrowhead Library System Legacy Grant SFY 2018-SFY 2019

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$215,058
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$215,058
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Arrowhead Library System
Recipient Type
Libraries
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2017
End Date
June 2021
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 2017 Minnesota Special Session Laws, Chapter 91 - HF.No 707, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 5
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 must be allocated using the formulas 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 must be distributed in ten equal payments per year. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the appropriations encumbered on or before June 30, 2019, as grants or contracts in this subdivision are available until June 30, 2021.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$215,058
Other Funds Leveraged
$21,670
Direct expenses
$152,927
Administration costs
$3,794
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.5
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total number of projects: 25

Total attendance/participation: 6338 

Total number of partnerships: 31

Description of Funds
World Percussion with Robin Anders
Patrons enjoyed a demonstration of several different drums and percussion instruments from many world cultures including from Africa, North and South America, Asia, India and the Middle East. Robin toured in these countries perfonning, teaching and doing workshops for over 45 years. His Middle Eastern percussion video "Voices of the Doumbek" is available in libraries in most major cities all over the world. He has great stories and anecdotes from his travels that are both entertaining and educational. The program ended with an audience participation segment where Robin invited everyone to participate in a Drum Circle where everyone could play on the different instruments.


Event Passes

Lake Superior Theater Company: Fences
The drama Fences was presented by an all African-American cast, the first time an area African­American cast performed a main stage play production in Duluth and on the north shore of Lake Superior. It was the first time Fences was presented in Minnesota north of the Twin Cities, according to community theatre executive director Paul Deaner. "To our knowledge it's never been done in this part of the state," he said. It will also mark the first time the 15 year-old Silver Bay­based community theatre will present its yearly production in Duluth and stage an all-black cast. "This is thrilling," Deaner said, "...the art of this script and to work with the soulful African­American energy. The cast is so fired up, this has never happened around here." Deaner recruited the cast with the help of Duluth-area individuals, neighborhood agencies and social media. "I initially conducted infonnation sessions followed a few weeks later by auditions in the Central Hillside, Lincoln Park and West Duluth neighborhoods," he said. The show was cast by July 30 and will feature six adults and one child. Fences is the story of a 1957 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania working class, lower income family. The drama swirls around protagonist Troy Maxson (father of the family) and his relationships with his son, wife, family, friend and employer. Issues include the value of hard work, responsibility, Troy's past and the current ironies oflove, loyalty and infidelity. Fences is one of August Wilson's 10-play "Century Cycle" about the 20th Century African-American experience dealing with universal human and specific black cultural issues & themes. The play opened on Broadway in 1986 and won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama plus the Tony Award & Drama Desk Award for Best/Outstanding Play. The 2016 movie starring Denzel Washington & Viola Davis won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

History/Theater

Cooking on the OxCart Trail - Jan Smith
The Arrowhead Library System was pleased to present Jan Smith's, Cooking on the Oxcart Trails. Maria shared from her journal that she wrote along the trails which ran from Fort Riley, Kansas to Fort Abercrombie on the border of Minnesota and the Dakota Territories. She detailed the difficulties of travel for the oxcarts, wagons, and people. The story she told included frontier recipes for food and remedies which were prepared over campfires or using camp ovens in rudimentary settings. Jan Smith was one of the four finalists in the National Storyteller Contest that was held in Park Rapids among over 150 entries. Patrons enjoyed this exciting enactment of 1858 history.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2017 Minnesota Special Session Laws, Chapter 91-HF.No 707, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 5
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 must be allocated using the formulas 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 must be distributed in ten equal payments per year. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the appropriations encumbered on or before June 30, 2019, as grants or contracts in this subdivision are available until June 30, 2021.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$215,058
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total number of projects:
Total number of programs and/or events (if different than total number of projects):
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Total number of partnerships:

Project Overview

Minnesota's twelve regional library systems, which encompass more than 350 public libraries in all areas of the state, can 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 library system is eligible to receive a formula-driven allocation from the annual $2.5 million Minnesota Regional Library System 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. Projects 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.weikum@alslib.info