Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lac qui Parle County Historical Society
Recipient Type
Start Date
February 2014
End Date
December 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lac qui Parle
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

More Minnesotans, especially those in the Southwest Minnesota Region, will be able to participate in the arts.These are the steps we will take to measure to see if we have met our goals: 1. Keep track of the number of adults and children who attend each event. 2. Count the number of stories that are collected. 3. Keep track of all the places that display the artwork. 4. Have questionnaires for those who attend to fill out. The responses to the questions are open-ended, but they should tell us whether people respond to the Map and what they get out of it. These questions will tell us if they are making a personal connection with the River and the Map. How they are able to interpret the map (even in their own way) will show a willingness to enter into a connection with the Map and to get an understanding of how the river has affected people’s lives. We want people to connect personally to the Map, and to make meaning out of it. River Stories Map the Lac qui Parle River: 1) What do you notice on the Map? 2) Can you make a sketch of the Lac qui Parle River? What did you notice about it? 3) What stories do you notice? 4) Is your story on the Map? How does that make you feel? 5) Would you tell your friends to see the Map? Why or why not? 6) How do you respond to the colors? Do they remind you of anything in the landscape? 7) Why do you think the River is painted in silver? 8) What are all the words in the painting for? 9) Are there parts of the Map that relate to your own experiences here? Which parts seem most related to you? 10) Does this painting give you ideas about other ways you might relate to the River or to this area?

Measurable Outcome(s)

Because of the evaluation means that we used we were able to keep track of the number of adults and children who participated in all the events. We have collected almost 100 stories that have been incorporated into the map. We have not yet lent the map to any other places for display purposes; it is still on display at the museum. In the near future we will offer it for display in surrounding locations.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Beth Westby, Barb Tarcza, Ruth Solem, Bob Glomstad, Fred Eckhardt, Rolland Moen, Ruth Larson, Roy Marihart, Theresa Bly, Lillian Johnson.
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
River Stories Map: The Lac qui Parle River
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lac qui Parle County Historical Society
Street Address
250 8th Ave S
Zip Code
(302) 598-7678
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Jane Link: visual artist , Milan Village Arts School founding member, Milan Community Education, Greater Milan Initiative; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Kathy Fransen: musician, theatre, Rhythm of the River coordinator; Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council Advisory Board; Kate Aydin: retired educator, developed a curriculum focused on the visual arts, literature, and modern and traditional music of Spain and Latin America, Lincoln County Pioneer Museum board; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Vice President of Marshall Area Stage Company; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, founding member and president, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Susan Marco: writer, High School English and creative writing teacher; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, board member Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Ellen Copperud: retired language arts teacher, theatre director; Emily Olson: writer, musician, educator; Dan Wahl: visual artist, musician, theater, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Dan Connolly: musician, music educator, board Renville Friends of the Arts; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasure, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County board; Sydney Massee; visual artist, theatre, Lac qui Parle Valley School Districts board; Audrey Fuller; writer, arts advocate, tribal planner, grant writer.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Kathy Schaefer: musician, photographer, SMSU business professor; Dan Connolly: musician, music educator, board Renville Friends of the Arts; Barb Nelson, art teacher, vocal musician, children's theatre director; Cheri Buzzeo; production manager, Willmar Community Theatre; board member Willmar Area Arts Council; Cheryl Avenel-Navara: retired counselor, arts advocate, former fund raiser and musical performances coordinator for Worthington International Festival; Christa Otteson: Owner of Make.Do.Workshop, nonprofit consultant, former Regional Coordinator Minnesota Council of Non-Profits.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed