Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
City of Spicer AKA Spicer Beautification Committee
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
February 2014
End Date
September 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Adirondack Chairs
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
Conflict of Interest Contact
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Greta Murray (507) 537-1471
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
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.We will have a People’s Choice ballot available at the unveiling asking everyone in attendance to vote for their favorite chair. We will ask, on the ballot, a couple other questions such as how did they hear about it? Where are they from? This will give us a reasonably accurate count of how many people attended the unveiling and also let us know if our publicity was effective. We will also be able to get a good count of how many attend the auction. We will consider it successful if the turnout is large and the chairs bring a good remuneration for the artists. Another measure of our success is if there is no vandalism to the chairs while they are on display.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The project was a huge success and went very much as planned. We had thought we would put the chairs at different locations around Spicer but decided for security reasons to leave them all in the downtown city park. They made a stronger statement when grouped together. This project gave our organization a lot of visibility. We put the chairs on a flatbed trailer and had them in the Spicer parade over July 4th. The strength was the public recognition that our local artists received. Over 10,000 total people served.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Leslie Valiant, Mary Wohnoutka, Sandy Saulsbury, Dee Ahrenholz, Diane Bjerke, Connie Filley, Carol Lee, Connie Scheevel, Val Sechler, Ruth Trageser, Deb Wessling, Hanne Williams.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
City of Spicer AKA Spicer Beautification Committee
Street Address
218 Hillcrest Ave PO Box 656
Zip Code
(320) 796-5562
Administered By
Administered by

Griggs Midway Building, Suite 304,
540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

(651) 539-2650 or toll-free (800) 866-2787
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114 3rd Street North, PO Box 55
Marshall, Minnesota 56258 

800-622-5284 or 507-537-1471
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