Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Granite Falls Area Community Theater
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
February 2016
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Yellow Medicine
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr." Instant Theater Camp
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
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

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

1) Performance: Through participation in this project, participants will spend one week exploring and expanding both their music and theater skills through improvisation, team-building activities, and performing a musical. They will produce Disney's The Little Mermaid within one week's time. 2) Exposure: Participants will produce a musical that anyone in our community will be able to attend. We will have an audience of at least 50 per night. These audience members will be exposed the musical theater through this process. 3) Growth: We will inspire younger performers to be involved in the high school theater program and increase the number of students involved. We will create this lifelong learning opportunity for them and continue to maintain, support, and build our own organization while promoting and inspiring our local school's theater program. We will survey all participants at the conclusion of our week-long camp to gain an understanding of the value of their experience. Youth will be asked if they plan on continuing their theater experience. We will survey the audience to see if they enjoyed the performance and ask their opinion on what the next step" should be for their community theater in their town. We will track the size of the audience and compare with previous projects. We will also track the involvement of students in the local school's theater program. We will dialogue at the board meeting following the camp to gather survey results and talk about how we can expand, and be more effective in offering theater experiences for individuals in our community. We will look at what went well and what didn't go well."

Measurable Outcome(s)

Through survey results, we found that participants really enjoyed the camp. They thought that the time frame was just right - within one week they could commit to making this project successful. The audience really enjoyed the production and would like to see similar projects performed in the future.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Carrie Speh, Nicole Zempel, Hazel Carter, Kelly Nokleby, Kathy Anderson, Elaine Halvorson, Ali Ator
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Granite Falls Area Community Theater
Street Address
PO Box 130
Granite Falls
Zip Code
(320) 226-0388
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
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114 3rd Street North, PO Box 55
Marshall, Minnesota 56258 

800-622-5284 or 507-537-1471
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