Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Cultural Awareness Organization
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
February 2015
End Date
October 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To continue to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all in order to achieve increased potential for exposure of the people of the region and all who might attend to culturally diverse information. We hope that this exposure to the arts, which is not widely available to the majority of our population, will assist in expanding understanding of each cultural group and their contribution to the area. A written evaluation survey of at least 200 participants at the Festival will be gathered. The committee hopes to create a Survey Monkey as well and have electronic devices be available at the Festival for people to use to fill out the survey. The data collected will show that at least 60% of the participants have positive evaluations of performers, 70% of the participants have positive evaluations of the Children's Activities, 80% of the participants show positive evaluations of the food available, the artisan and ethnic booths, and 60% of the participants are ethnically diverse.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Surveys were completed during the Festival which gave us some necessary feedback to help in planning for next year's Festival. The Committee has already reviewed the survey results and identified areas that need improvement. The surveys inform the discussion of the Committee as we look at the various pieces of the Festival and how we can better serve the community through the Festival. Measurable goals were also met in the areas of providing performers representing at least 5 different cultures represented in the regional demographics and also the Festival photos presenting at least 5 different cultural minorities present in the regional demographics.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Lakeyta Potter, Aida Simon, Beth Bents, Linda Lund, Jessica Velasco, Mike Cumiskey, Jose Lamas, Darin Rehnalt, Ashley Goettig, Maria Delgado, Leticia Rodriquez, Angel Baumann, Darlene Macklin, Owar Ojulu, Jim Krapf, Dan Bogie, Maylary Htoo
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
International Festival 2015
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Cultural Awareness Organization
Street Address
1121 3rd Ave
Zip Code
(507) 727-1134
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; 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; 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
Cheri Buzzeo: Willmar Community Theatre manager; Mark Thode: photographer, Calumet Players board member; Vonnie Saquilan: arts advocate, Granite Arts Council board; Kathy Schaefer: musician, photographer, Southwest Minnesota State University business professor; Jane Link: arts advocate, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council board member; John White: photographer, journalist, Big Stone Arts Council.