Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Cultural Awareness Organization AKA Worthington International Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
February 2016
End Date
October 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Blue Earth
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 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.

Measurable Outcome(s)

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.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Lakeyta Potter, Aida Simon, Mike Cumiskey, Maria Valle, Beth Bents, Jose Lamas, Jessica Velasco, Vilai Khamya, Darin Rehnelt, Ashley Goettig, Leticia Rodriguez, Darlene Macklin, Owar Ojulu, Jim Krapf, Leann Enninga, Shari Nelson, Cecilia Bofah, Brandon Peil, Bridget Enninga
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
International Festival - Worthington
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Cultural Awareness Organization AKA International Festival
Street Address
1121 3rd Ave
Zip Code
(507) 372-2919
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 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; 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
Deb Larson: visual artist; 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; Ellen Copperud: literature education, theatre; John Voit: music/theatre/education; Cheryl Avenel-Navara: arts advocate; Jane Nygaard: arts advocate; Ron Porep: arts administration.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Greta Murray (507) 537-1471