ACHF Cultural Heritage
Our goals are to: showcase culturally diverse artists representative of the population of the city of Worthington and Nobles County, Minnesota; provide an educational opportunity through performances, artisan and ethnic booths, and children's activities about the various cultures represented at the International Festival; to have representation of many diverse and ethnic backgrounds participate in the International Festival; to increase attendance; to provide at least five different cultures represented in the region; to have at least five different cultural minorities represented at the Festival. We hope to provide an event that all families, regardless of income, may attend and this will be demonstrated by their presence. A written paper and pencil survey (English and Spanish) will be distributed by volunteers throughout the Festival. The committee also hopes to create an online survey as an option. We hope that this will increase our sample size and allow us to gain more accurate information about Festival participants. The data collected will show at least: 60% of the participants have positive evaluation of performers. 70% of the participants have positive evaluations of the Children's Activities. 80% of the participants show positive evaluations of the food available, the artisan and ethnic booths. 60% of the participants are ethnically diverse. The schedule of performers will include performers representing at least five different cultures represented in the regional demographics. Sample Festival photos will include presentation of at least five different cultural minorities present in the regional demographics.
The Festival has two measurable outcomes: 1) Festival attendees will have a positive interaction with someone from a cultural tradition different from their own and 2) At least 4 of the performing artists will be folk and traditional artists of Minnesota and they will feel a sense of pride after performing at the Festival. 100% will attend the Festival again. 91% learned something new about a culture other than their own. 87% had a positive interaction with someone from another culture other than their own. 96% felt after attending the Festival they felt more open to interacting with cultures other than their own. 98% felt Minnesota communities are strengthened or enriched by arts Festivals such as the International Festival. 99% believed that Festival helps people gain knowledge or appreciation of other cultures. Performer evaluations indicated that 100% had a positive experience at the Festival, felt that performing at the Festival gave them a positive impact on their artistry, were proud to share their heritage and enjoyed performing at the Festival.
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