Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
City of Watson
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
May 2016
End Date
October 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lac qui Parle
Yellow Medicine
Big Stone
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)

It is our hope that this project will encourage residents to gather together in community, to expand their general knowledge of familiar arts, and to take the opportunity to explore something new. In the course of this summer and fall, we will be able to gauge audience participation in and reception of our various programs. The most basic measure of success will be attendance. If we can see an increase in attendance for each event, based on past performance, we can count the event successful to some degree. We will take attendance counts via a guest book/head count at the art show, and headcounts at all other events. Our evaluation tool will be handed out at every event and posted on the city website, with links via social media.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We developed a survey form passed out at each event. We noticed more draw from surrounding towns than from our own community. As few as 6% of attendees were local (traveled farther than 5 miles) at any given event. The highest local turnout compared to out-of-towners was 27%. 100% of attendees rated their level of satisfaction at good or excellent (67% and 33%, respectively. Suggestions for improvement consisted of other musical acts and movies.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Kyle Jones, Marian Raffelson, Todd Tongen, Tara Harwick, Curt Peterson, Susan Brickweg
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Renewing Watson - art, music and engagement
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
City of Watson
Street Address
PO Box 7
Zip Code
(320) 269-8543
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