Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Friends of the Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
August 2015
End Date
November 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lac qui Parle
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

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

Our project goals are to increase our usual attendance by 20%, increase the number of new attendees to a live orchestral performance, and to receive an overall satisfactory response from audience members. Patrons will complete a paper exit survey: Did they have a positive experience and do they plan to attend a future concert? Additional information about impact will be summarized from comments made elsewhere on the survey. Participants will complete a paper exit survey: Did they find the music challenging, and have positive experiences while collaborating with other musicians, during the rehearsal process, and performing at the concert?

Measurable Outcome(s)

From a survey given out we found that: For the participants, 100% had a positive experience during rehearsals and the performance. 100% found the music challenging enough, but not too challenging. For attendees, 77% were repeat attendees, 100% said they had a positive experience and will attend another concert. The majority heard about the concert by word of mouth, with posters being a close second. Most attended as a family, and are in the 46-55 age group.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Dan Rieppel, Kristin Gruhot, Beth Steuck, Hannah Roseland, Tyler Falk, Diane Wright, R Wes Myers, Nicelette Lecy, Melanie Lee
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Southwest Minnesota Orchestra concert featuring the Artaria Quartet
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Friends of the Orchestra
Street Address
803 Cheryl Ave
Zip Code
(507) 829-8085
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Kathy Fransen: musician, Rhythm of the River; Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Kate Aydin: retired educator; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian; Marshall Area Stage Company; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts founding member; Susan Marco: writer, former High School English teacher; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor Southwest Minnesota State University; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council of Arts and Humanities in Rock County; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Brett Olson: Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association; Scott Tedrick: journalist, Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization, theatre director/actor.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Christa Otteson: nonprofit evaluation consultant, arts advocate; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts board; Cheryl Avenel-Navara: arts advocate and volunteer, library board member; Mark Thode: photographer, Calumet Players board member; Vonnie Saquilan: arts advocate, Granite Arts Council board; John White: photographer, journalist, Big Stone Arts Council.