Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Murray County Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2015
End Date
September 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

Attendees will indicate a new appreciation and appetite for acoustic music. Attendees will indicate a positive response to the musical programs. People new to the museum will attend the concerts and come back to the museum at a later date to tour, volunteer, or become members. Artists will provide positive feedback on their participation with feelings of connection with the audiences and venue. This series will encourage more use of the Dinehart House for other musical events and projects by outside organizations. A survey tool will be distributed to attendees and artists, and an incentive given for their return at the end of the concerts. New members of the historical society will be tracked for a year to see if the concerts increased our membership. Musical programs at the Dinehart House will be tracked for a year to check increased usage. New patronage at the museum will be tracked for a year to see how many have attended the concerts.

Measurable Outcome(s)

1. The evaluations indicated a great appreciation for the music provided and great enjoyment of the setting with 100% indicating one or both as their favorite part of the events. 2. People with little or no experience with the Dinehart Holt House and Museum gained new knowledge and interest in the museums. Attendance at the Dinehart House almost doubled at its Open House during the Murray County Fair, two weeks after the concerts ended. 3. Artists provided positive feedback on their participation. Even though Dick and Ian Kimmel had to play in the 4-H auditorium, they felt the crowd was one of the most responsive they had played for. Jerry Ostensoe voiced great satisfaction with the venue and requested some of our photographs for his future marketing. Glenn Anderson and Gale Otto and their players had a great time interacting with the crowd because so many were friends and neighbors. 4. Almost half of the attendees in the evaluation responses were repeat attendees to the concerts. Total 126 evaluations returned.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Brian Harmsen, Dennis Miller, Christy Riley, Linda Wing, Margaret Kluis, Luanne Parker, Dorothy Bloemendaall, Brad Bergerson, Gary Kass, James Jens
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Front Porch Music Series
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Murray County Historical Society
Street Address
PO Box 61
Zip Code
(507) 836-6533
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.