Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Buffalo Ridge Chorale
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
August 2016
End Date
October 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Yellow Medicine
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Original musical play, "The Immigrants' Trek"
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Georgette Jones: literature teacher, theatre actor/director/teacher; 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 of Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Susan Marco: writer, former High School 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; Anne O'Keefe-Jackson: Human Resources Director, bead and quill work; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County; Brett Lehman: Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association; Reggie Gorter: vocalist, theatre, voice/dance teacher; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Scott Tedrick: journalist, Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization, theatre director/actor.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Bill Gossman: visual artist, musician; Georgette Jones: literature teacher, theatre actor/director/teacher; Maureen Keimig: actor, theater director; Mary Pieh: musician.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

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

Our quantifiable goal regarding the chorale is to maintain a membership of at least 30 for each concert, with 25 of these singers as consistent members. For the audience, our measurable goal is attendance of at least 150 for each performance. These goals have been in place previously; we have met them and will strive to continue meeting them. We want to maintain the numbers, but also improve quality, while still remaining a non-auditioned group. To fulfill that goal, we need to hire a demanding director to continue the work begun by our previous directors. This particular project will require more flexibility on the part of the singers to adjust to the needs of a musical play rather than just a concert. Numbers in the chorale and the audience will simply be counted. In the past we have used audience surveys. They have been useful, but by now we can predict what they will say. For this project we are planning to ask a professional theater person, or an experienced amateur, to fill out a feedback form. The play's director, who is on the theater faculty at South Dakota State University, might be able to bring a colleague.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Goal--to maintain a membership of at least 30. We had 37. Goal--an audience of at least 150. We had paid attendance of 284.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Donna Kurth, Nancy Sandro, Roberta Trooien, Bev Johnson, Dana Crooks
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Buffalo Ridge Chorale
Street Address
48542 197th St
Zip Code
(605) 832-2651
Administered By
Administered by

Griggs Midway Building, Suite 304,
540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

(651) 539-2650 or toll-free (800) 866-2787
Email the Agency

114 3rd Street North, PO Box 55
Marshall, Minnesota 56258 

800-622-5284 or 507-537-1471
Email the Agency