Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Pottery Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
May 2018
End Date
October 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
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Our goals are: 1) Increase attendance by ten percent. 2) Increase audience awareness of pottery types and techniques. 3) Positive visitor experience. 4) Maintain or increase sales for exhibiting potters. 5) Continue to diversify and build individual and institutional funding support. 1) Measuring attendance: We will use our ôbring a friendö marketing message across all promotional platforms. Also, parking volunteers will work together to get a real audience count including counting adults and kids (under 18) separately. 2 and 3) Measuring visitor experience including awareness of pottery types and techniques: Our Survey Administrator is responsible for going around the festival to capture feedback. We created a quick worksheet to capture the responses and then every few hours the volunteer adds all the answers into the electronic survey for easy tabulation and analysis. 4) Measuring impact on exhibiting potters: Over the last three years, we gathered real sales and experience results from all participating artists. We will be able to use this data as a reference point to ensure that participating potters have increased sales year-over-year. 5) Diversify and Build Funding: In 2017, we held our first ever Preview Party to engage individual supporters, artists, sponsors, and funders in a dedicated fundraiser to further diversify and strengthen our funding sources. We plan to hold another one in 2018. We'll also strive to identify new institutional and corporate funding sources.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Overview

Art Project

Project Details

2018 Minnesota Pottery Festival.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Pottery Festival
Street Address
17614 240th St
Zip Code
(320) 587-2599
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

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.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Nicole DeBoer (507) 537-1471