Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Greater Litchfield Opera House Association, Inc. AKA Litchfield Opera House
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2018
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

By engaging the Plymouth Concert Band, we are offering a high quality arts activity to the community. We are overcoming two significant barriers to access by transporting the band to the community, as well as offering a low admission price: $5 to adults and free admission to ages eighteen and younger. By continuing to offer high-quality arts activities, the Litchfield Opera House hopes to further instill an appreciation of the arts into the lives of citizens in Litchfield and the surrounding communities. We will evaluate with exit interviews and a feedback form. As the audience leaves the performance, a short survey will be distributed to attendees. At the end of the performance, Litchfield Opera House Board members will be stationed in the lobby. From surveys, observations, and exit interviews we will document the following, including: 1) Emotional responses or reactions to the concert, 2) Intentions or motivations to attend more concerts or participate in a musical group, 3) A changed attitude about the value of musical performances in the community, specifically in the Litchfield Opera House, 4) Through what media source(s) attendees heard about the concert, 5)Demographics of attendees, including home area, age, disability requirements, ethnicity. At the December board meeting, members will share, compile and evaluate the effectiveness of this program by measuring the responses and comments against the project goals.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Measurable outcomes from surveys and exit interviews as related to goals include a 90% or higher (35 or more out of 38 surveys) positive response to: 1) the quality of musical entertainment provided in outstate Minnesota at the Litchfield Opera House, 2) intention to attend a similar concert either at the Litchfield Opera House or elsewhere, 3) an appreciation for the Litchfield Opera House’s historic venue, as well as its superb acoustics, and 4) a diversity of media sources through which attendees learned of the concert. A less than positive response was achieved in meeting the measurable outcome of a diverse audience. Most, if not all, attendees were adults (25-64) or older adults (65+), and nearly all were White/not Hispanic.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved most of the proposed outcomes
Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Recipient Board Members
Connie Lies, Pam Dille, Justin McGraw, Rose Mortimer, Karen Urdahl, Mary Wardecke, Robyn Richardson, Sharon Peterson
Project Overview

Art Project

Project Details

Plymouth Concert Band Performance.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Greater Litchfield Opera House Association, Inc. AKA Litchfield Opera House
Street Address
PO Box 228
Zip Code
(320) 535-0224
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; Pam Blake: retired art educator, visual artist, Tyler Arts Council, Lincoln County Art Fair, Southwest Minnesota Weaver's Guild; Michele Knife Sterner: theatre actor, SMSU Associate director for Access Opportunity Success program; Lisa Hill: musician, Crow River Singers, attorney; Joyce Aakre: visual arts, writing, Discover Dassel committee, Board member for Litchfield Community Education, Exhibit committee for Dassel Area Historical Society; Emily Petersen: visual artist, art teacher; David KelseyBassett: visual artist, musician; 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; Erica Volkir: performing arts, Director of Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB; Claire Swanson: visual arts, arts teacher, Meander Art Crawl Committee.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Craig Edwards: visual art; Kathy Fransen: music, theater, SMAC Board; Jeff Iverson: music, theater, teacher; Jane Lanphere: arts organizations; Eileen O'Keefe: nonprofits, visual art; Claire Swanson: visual art, art teacher; Sheila Tabaka: theater.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed