ACHF Arts Access ACHF Cultural Heritage
Our goal best supports the main goal of instilling the arts into the community and public life in our region. We would expect to attract community members who have limited access to the arts due to their life situation, socio-economic standing, lack of transportation, weekday schedules, etc. We feel that the combination of performance arts, access to healthy and affordable produce and value added nutrition education will create a destination that the public will seek out on Saturday mornings. We also have the ability to assist with overcoming the barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities. Performances in the Market and the market itself are a wonderful destination located centrally in the community, free to all, accommodating to all cultures and a fun venue in general. Performances are accessible to those who would be unable to attend most other local performances. Our evaluation focuses on the collection of information and feedback from attendees and will take a two pronged approach. First, weekly interviews / surveys completed on site during performances by the market manager and our EBT volunteers. This information will be collected weekly which will allow for real time feedback on each artist. Contact information of market consumers is collected throughout the market season and an online survey will be conducted in October. Vendors are also surveyed at the end of the market season. In addition, attendance estimates will be recorded each week. Use of SNAP benefits will be correlated with attendance to provide knowledge regarding participation by the under-served.
We felt that instilling the arts in to the community and public life in our region was the main goal best aligned to our project. We feel we met this goal in several ways. Estimated (duplicated) attendance for 2018 was 62,000 which was almost double the attendance in 2017. This attendance demonstrates that Performances in the Market are reaching a broad array of citizens at a free public event. 67% of consumers surveyed indicated that the performances enhanced their experience and appreciation of the arts. Over 92% indicated that performances at the Market had a positive influence on their enjoyment and attendance. Here are a couple of quotes: Good family time with great entertainment and good foods! I really appreciate the diversity of the market. Vendors, patrons and performers come from a wide tapestry of life making the market a venue which builds community. Our greatest asset is our people and their are few if any places where relationships are built in such a positive atmosphere.
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Performances at the Market.
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.
Cheri Buzzeo: theatre, arts admin; Mary Gillespie: visual art, chamber; Dusan Milanovic, theatre; Kaia Nowatzki: visual art; Tom Wirt: visual art, arts/community boards; Brett Lehman: music, SMAC Board; Janet Olney: visual art, arts admin, SMAC Board.
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Nicole DeBoer (507) 537-1471