Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rhythm of the River
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2015
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Blue Earth
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)

Goals include providing a community event that offers a variety of music and art genres, exposing festival goers to new music, giving artists an opportunity to share, display and showcase their material, increasing local business sponsorships, and increasing the number of commemorative buttons that are sold. Survey of the sponsors before and after the festival. Random survey of attendees during the festival. Encourage attendees to contact any committee member with comments and thoughts about the event. An attendee count will also be conducted using numbered wrist bands each night of the event as attendees enter the main performance area. For those who choose not to enter the festival grounds, but prefer to sit in other areas of the park, a head count will be done periodically by the committee.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Prairie Ecology Bus staff planned for 95 'fairy gardens' to be constructed by children at the event. They were prepared to guide children through building fairy gardens in two 2-hour sessions each day. They did run very low on supplies, and ran out of the 95 containers that they prepared for. The Jackson Center for the Arts held Art and Face Painting on both days of the event. They also ran out of supplies, and found that they would have benefited from more volunteers. They will plan to keep their booth open for at least 3 hours each day for next year's events. Gate donations were highest on Friday evening, and it is known that people who donated on Friday night returned for Saturday night but did not make an additional donation.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Hanna Rossow, Mike Schwartz, Anja Carlson, Paul Jones, Val Love, Kathy Fransen, Bridget Kolander, Deb Isaacson, Michelle Sheepstra, Gayle Handevidt More, Lindsay Chapman
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
2015 Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rhythm of the River
Street Address
PO Box 84
Zip Code
(507) 847-2589
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 HS English teacher; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor SMSU; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Assn treasurer, Council of Arts & Humanities in Rock County; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Brett Lehman: 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.