Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Rhythm of the River
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
May 2014
End Date
July 2014
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Jackson
Nobles
Cottonwood
Martin
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$17,600
Direct expenses
$22,600
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

More Minnesotans, especially those in the Southwest Minnesota Region, will be able to participate in the arts.After a business/person agrees to become a sponsor of the event, we will provide them with a short survey regarding the upcoming festival. A survey of the sponsors will also be done following the event to gain feedback regarding this year's festival, and requesting their input as we look forward to future years. During the festival, we will also conduct a random survey of attendees to get their input regarding the festival and any changes which may be considered for future events. In addition to the surveys, we encourage attendees to contact any committee member with comments and thoughts about the event. We also have an active twitter account during the festival for any immediate thoughts from the twitter generation. An attendee count will also be conducted using numbered wrist bands each night of the event as attendees enter the main performance area. For those who choose not to enter the main area, but prefer to sit in other areas of the park, a non-scientific head count will be done periodically by the committee.

Measurable Outcome(s)

One of our goals was to increase our attendance. While our attendance was fairly static compared to the past two years, we did gather a better demographic of our attendees with the surveys, and a better understanding of where our promotion is working. Surprisingly, social media was not as effective as we had hoped, and newspaper ads and recommendations from a friend were our best promotional avenues. Our strongest age demographic seemed to be young adults, and the fifty-sixty bracket. We also need to continue to provide a wide range of musical styles, and to continue to find more activities for children (primarily boys).

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Hanna Fransen, Mike Schwartz, Paul Jones, Deb Isaacson, Sharon Henning, Kathy Fransen, Gayle Moore, Bridget Kolander-Gilbert, Anja Carlson, Val Love.
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
8th Annual Rhythm of the River
Project Manager
First Name
Debra
Last Name
Isaacson
Organization Name
Rhythm of the River
Street Address
PO Box 84 223 Highland Ave
City
Jackson
State
MN
Zip Code
56143
Phone
(507) 847-2589
Email
rhythmoftheriver@yahoo.com
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, arts advocate, 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; 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.
Advisory Group 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; 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; 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; 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.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Yes
Conflict of Interest Contact
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Greta Murray (507) 537-1471