Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
May 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)

1. To preserve the rich repertoire and cultural history of the Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra. 2. To perform a concert consisting of a classical masterwork that will appeal to audiences of all ages and expose area residents to great orchestral literature. 3. To remain dedicated to providing an opportunity for life-long musical expression and enjoyment for audiences of all ages. 4. To perform a masterwork which presents a technical and artistic challenge to its players. 5. To increase Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra members' appreciation of fellow performers who will be featured as soloists in the spring 2015 concert. 6. To perform an original composition written by Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra's conductor, and to thus gain a deeper admiration for his talent as a composer. Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra will evaluate the concert through written surveys gathered from the musicians and audience. These evaluations will reflect musicians' feelings about the rehearsal and performance process, and the audience members' reactions to the concert. Complimentary tickets are color-coded and collected at the concert to track the number of students in attendance.

Measurable Outcome(s)

By observing the evaluations that were collected after the concert, we were able to discover the following: 63 people in the audience filled out evaluations. Of these 63, the majority of the audience was female and between the ages of 50-75+; less than half of the evaluators were from Worthington, the others from the surrounding area; the majority of the evaluators knew someone in the symphony; the majority of the evaluators knew that the event was an activity sponsored by Southwest Minnesota Arts Council and Legacy funds. There were many positive comments in regards to the entire concert being very enjoyable. Favorite comments: Why didn't I come sooner!" "When I came here I didn't think I was an orchestra person û I've changed my mind!" "Local talent is fabulous!" Regarding the performers' evaluations: The majority participate in the symphony because they want to continue to play their instrument and enjoy performing with others; increased knowledge of music and technical skills have been a result of participating in the symphony."

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Melanie Loy, Beth Habicht, Karen Pfeifer, Sue Simonson, Aimon Dwan
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert 2015
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra
Street Address
1210 Elmwood Ave
Zip Code
(507) 372-7418
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.