ACHF Arts Access
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 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.
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Plymouth Concert Band Performance.
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.
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.