ACHF Arts Access
1. Increase the number of business and corporate sponsors from the number that was supportive to the festival in 2015. 2. Re-design the layout of the festival grounds to create a more comfortable atmosphere and flow between Art and Food Vendors, performance stages, and merchandise/staff booth. 3. Improve the appearance of the festival grounds with new flooring for the 'Wing' (Children's) Stage. 4. Reduce waste in the park by selling stainless steel commemorative glasses that can be used for all beverages. 5. Increase the number of volunteers on-site for the festival, to reduce stress on existing volunteers. Written evaluation tools will be handed out by volunteers during the festival. After the event, evaluations will be sent to sponsors to request their input. 1) The Treasurer will track sponsors who supported the festival in 2015, and compare to the number who supported the festival in 2016. 2) Vendors and festival goers will be able to respond to the new layout for the festival grounds. 3) Funds will be obtained to purchase a new set of risers for The Wing Stage." Performers will be questioned as to their satisfaction level with the stage flooring. Volunteers will be asked if they feel the stage was easier to assemble. 4) The number of stainless steel cups sold will be recorded. Beverage vendors will be asked how many plastic cups they used, as compared to previous years. Garbage cans and bins will be observed for overflow and content of cups. 5) Verbal feedback from Volunteers will be requested by email. Volunteer satisfaction will be recorded and reported to the board."
Verbal responses to committee members, written surveys to attendees, and electronic comments on Facebook page were used to evaluate this program. Attendance at the festival was higher than in 2015. Financial donations on the weekend of the festival were up from 2015. According to the sampling of attendees that registered on the first night of the festival, 8 states were represented. A similar sampling will be taken at the 2017 festival, to gather statistics to further study those demographics. According to the written surveys that were randomly distributed during the festival, 29% of attendees credit newspaper for information on the festival, 24% heard about the festival through friends, 18% heard about it from listening to radio, and 13% heard about it through Facebook. Lesser sources credited were posters and the website.
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