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Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Dassel-Cokato Community Education
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
September 2015
End Date
April 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

We will provide a high quality performance for audiences and participants. Our goals are to involve at least 25 community members directly with the production and develop their performance/theatrical skills to a higher level. We will provide an artistic and cultural experience for at least 210 audience members of all ages from the Dassel-Cokato area and surrounding communities. We will keep detailed records of those auditioning, ticket sales and volunteer names donated working on sets, decorating, programs and ushering. We will use that information and compare it to the same information collected during last two winter’s productions.

Measurable Outcome(s)

2016 Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Grant Evaluation Tool of Participation Levels, compared to The Foreigner (2014), The Romancers (2015) and Plain Hearts (2016): Number Auditioning: 2014 - 10, 2015 - 18, 2016 - 20; Number of Volunteers: 2014 - 7, 2015 - 10, 2016 - 16; Audience Numbers: 2014 - 324, 2015 - 374, 2016 - 377. These increases in participation over the past three years tell us we have been very successful at casting, producing and marketing our theatre productions, even with a new director this year! The program is growing and we are adding to our director, actor, musician, crew and very importantly, to our audience bases. Success!!

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Mike Lhotka, Tom Nelson, Sally Belgum-Blad, Colleen Compton, Chuck Forslin, Bob Gasch, Lisa Grack, Tracy McConkey, Chuck Nelson, Sara Nelson, Shannon Smieja, Perry Thinesen, Mike Worcester
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Produce the musical, "Plain Hearts," at Dassel History Center
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Dassel-Cokato Community Education
Street Address
4852 Reardon Ave SW Ste 1400
Zip Code
(320) 286-4120
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, theatre, Rhythm of the River coordinator; 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, former coordinator of Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Marshall Area Stage Company; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Susan Marco: writer, former HS English/creative writing teacher; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Brett Lehman: Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association; Reggie Gorter: vocalist, theatre, voice/dance teacher; Scott Tedrick: journalist, Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization, theatre director/actor.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Mike Hulsizer: actor/theatre director; Deb Larson: visual artist; Reggie Gorter: vocalist, theatre, voice/dance teacher; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Marshall Area Stage Company; Kathy Schaefer: musician, photographer, Southwest Minnesota State University business professor; Judy Marquardt: visual artist, theatre.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed