Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rhythm of the River
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2016
End Date
September 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

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."

Measurable Outcome(s)

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.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Hanna Rossow, Mike Schwartz, Anja Carlson, Paul Jones, Val Love, Kathy Fransen, Bridget Kolander-Gilbert, Deb Isaacson, Bob Rambo, Gayle Handevidt More, Toni Hazen, Michelle Sheepstra
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rhythm of the River
Street Address
PO Box 84
Zip Code
(507) 847-2589
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
Conflict of Interest Contact
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Greta Murray (507) 537-1471