Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Dakota Wicohan
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
February 2015
End Date
January 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
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)

The goal of the Tawokaga Legacy Project is to transmit three Dakota art forms to 13 Dakota artists and 5,000 arts appreciators. Our outcomes are: 1) Six apprentices will advance from beginning to intermediate skills in quilling or tanning through a 50-hour apprenticeship with two master artists. 2) Four apprentices will develop introductory level skills in quilting through a 50-hour apprenticeship with one master artist. 3) 5,000 Minnesotans will read and learn about Dakota traditional arts through PR and media. 4) 150 Minnesotans will directly access Dakota arts through a six-week exhibit at Granite Area Arts Council. 5) 150 Minnesotans will connect deeply with Dakota art making through five community events at the Granite Area Arts Council, focusing on beading, tanning, quilting, and quilling. 1) Arts apprenticeship logs, photographs of art work completed, and interviews with artists. 2) Arts apprenticeship logs, photographs of art work completed, and interviews with artists. 3) PR materials. 4) Photographs of artists work in the group show. 5) Photographs of workshops, guest log, and interviews with artists and audience members.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Three Master Dakota artists made and exhibited Dakota art publicly and mentored three apprentices. Three Dakota art apprentices made and exhibited Dakota art publicly and increased their skill in creating Dakota art. Two public newspaper articles reached numerous Minnesotans with the news about the opportunity to view traditional Dakota art. An estimated 545 Minnesotans (Native and non-Native) attended the exhibit of traditional Dakota art at the Granite Area Arts Council.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Gabrielle Strong, Dallas Goldtooth, Daniel Lemm, Darlene St Clair, Mary Peters
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Tawokaga Dakota Arts classes
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Dakota Wicohan
Street Address
PO Box 2
Zip Code
(507) 697-6272
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.