Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Murray County Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2016
End Date
October 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Dinehart Front Porch Music Series
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 Arts Access

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

This project seeks to provide a unique historic venue for local musicians who wish to build a greater community appreciation for live acoustic music and to make connections with our underserved population who may have little or no experience with the historical museum or with live music. Attendees will indicate a new appreciation and appetite for acoustic music. Attendees will indicate a positive response to the musical. People new to the museum will attend the concerts and come back to the museum at a later date to tour, volunteer, or become members. Artists will provide positive feedback on their participation with feelings of connection with the audiences and venue. This series will encourage more use of the Dinehart House for other musical events and projects by outside organizations. This series will offer guidance for the Dinehart House strategic planning process. A survey tool will be distributed to attendees and artists, and an incentive given for their return at the end of the concerts. Results will be tallied and included in the final report. New members of the historical society will be tracked for a year to see if the concerts increased our membership. Musical programs at the Dinehart House will be tracked for a year to check increases. New patronage at the museum will be tracked for a year to see how many have attended the concerts.

Measurable Outcome(s)

A smaller percentage of attendees completed the surveys than last year. Head counts for all four concerts combined totaled 323. Through this survey process we learned that only nineteen attend concerts like this often and thirty nine attend seldom or never. Respondents also said that most of the acoustic music they have attended were either in Marshall or Worthington, as regional centers. This points to the continued need for these types of events in our area. The survey revealed that more attendees this year are familiar with the Dinehart House, with more responding they have visited the Dinehart House than have not. Well over half of the respondents were new to the Music Series this year with 63 versus 48 return attendees. Of the 126 respondents 101 said they planned to visit the Dinehart House Museum in the near future. During the Murray County Fair this year, visitation to the Museum and Dinehart House was up 20%. By far the most popular part of this series is the fact that people can see quality performers. 93 respondents.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Brian Harmsen, Dennis Miller, Christy Riley, Linda Wing, Margaret Kluis, Rachel Dreesen, Dorothy Bloemendaal, Brad Bergerson, Gary Kass, James Jens
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Murray County Historical Society
Street Address
PO Box 61
Zip Code
(507) 836-6533
Administered By
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Griggs Midway Building, Suite 304,
540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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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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