Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Oyate Nipi Kte
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
February 2014
End Date
June 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Yellow Medicine
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Winyanpi Wokiksuye (Remembering Women) Song Project
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, Southewest Minnesota State University 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
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

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

We will build relationships with members of groups that have been underserved by the arts.Oyate Nipi Kte will measure the effectiveness of the Winyanpi Wokiksuye (Remembering Women) Song Project in three major ways: 1) The completion of a CD with 10 Dakota women’s songs; 2) A record of attendance at the Dakota Women’s Gatherings with an evaluation discussion and documentation of that discussion; and, 3) The dissemination of the CD's to appropriate organizations, institutions, and programs with an accompanying survey. The achievement of goal one (1) will be self-evident. To measure goal two (2) we will provide a sign-in sheet for those in attendance at the Dakota Women’s Gatherings so that we may have a record of attendance. After sharing the CD and allowing an opportunity for those in attendance to hear the CD, we will have an evaluative discussion about the project, recording the results of those for inclusion in the final report to Southwest Minnesota Arts Council. Questions we might ask include: What is your response to hearing these songs? What do they bring to mind? Why are these songs important? How might they help you? And, how might you use them in the future? To measure goal three (3), we will include an evaluative survey in CDs we send out to organizations, institutions, libraries, and individuals outside the Dakota community. That survey is attached below.

Measurable Outcome(s)

For the community responses provided during the CD-Release events, we took notes of the feedback as each individual spoke. This allowed us immediate feedback from everyone in attendance and was extremely useful and uplifting to know that this project was having a positive impact on people in our communities. Those who took the time to respond to the CD evaluation survey believed it to be of great value and benefit. For example, one treatment center believed that using the CD to help ground one of their Native American female clients in her culture helped to alleviate her cravings, triggers, and stress. Libraries in Madison, Dawson, and Minneota felt the project would give their patrons an introduction to music they had not heard before and that it would open doors to understanding and appreciation of Dakota culture. Native prison groups in South Dakota reported that the stories and songs on the CD would help those who need it in a traditional way while also teaching our oral and musical traditions.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Waziyatawin, Joe Bendickson, Autumn Cavender, Scott DeMuth, Katie Johnston, Cantemaza, Tahca Ta Siyotanka Wicasta.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Oyate Nipi Kte
Street Address
4052 Hwy 212 SE
Granite Falls
Zip Code
(320) 564-4241
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