Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
City of Cottonwood
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
May 2016
End Date
August 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
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)

As in years past, the main goal of Central Park Market is to host an event where area residents come to experience local offerings ranging from food, crafts, art and talent. In regards to the musical aspect of the Market, the committee wants residents to not only become aware of the local talent that exists in Southwest Minnesota, but to grow in their appreciation of that talent. A measurable goal for the Market will continue to be to determine if the participant was familiar with the musical talent prior to their visit to the Market and for that participant to also indicate if they are familiar with the type of music that they experienced during the market season. If the musical talent or type of music is something new to the participant, they will be asked, via a survey, what their impressions are of this music. As a way to continually determine what draws people to Central Park Market and to assess their thoughts and feelings regarding musical performances at the Market, the Market committee will distribute the attached survey to participants during market hours. This year, the survey will be made available during and after the market season. The Market committee will also post a link on our Facebook page to a survey link on Survey Monkey that they can continue to submit throughout the market season. The committee hopes that by allowing an online option for the survey, there will be a greater number of responses, including more suggestions on who the Market committee should contact for musical performances in the future.

Measurable Outcome(s)

At the end of the Market season, the committee created an on-line survey on "Survey Monkey" to help determine how frequently residents attended the market during the season, how important music at the market was to their experience, what their exposure was to this music and what type of music they would like to see in the future. The survey showed that most attendees at the Market were frequent visitors to the Market; overwhelmingly, music at the Market was very important to their market experience; most were aware of the local musical talent performed; attendees enjoyed the mix of musicians; knowledge of local musical talent was somewhat increased; and a desire for fast, "up beat" musicians.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Denise Thomas-Aamodt, Terry Timm, Becky Timm, Charles Seipel
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Music at Central Park Market
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
City of Cottonwood
Street Address
PO Box 106
Zip Code
(507) 423-6488
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