Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rhythm of the River
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2018
End Date
July 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Blue Earth
Project Overview

Art Project

Project Details

Rhythm of the River Music Festival.

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

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)

1) Update the sponsor levels to allow corporate donors to 'sponsor a band' at the levels of $500, $1000, and $1500 levels. 2) Continue to improve the layout of the festival grounds and create a more comfortable atmosphere for the performers back stage. Focusing on the layout will continue to improve the flow between Art and Food Vendors, performance stages, and merchandise/staff booth. 3) To offer a variety of performances by regional Artists that represent the cultural and music diversity in the Midwest US. 4) Reduce waste in the park by selling stainless steel commemorative glasses that can be used for all beverages. 5) Increase the number of volunteers on-site for the festival, to reduce stress on existing volunteers, and to monitor the gate for button purchases, wristbands. 6) Charge weekend pass admission through advance sales of $5 and $10 at the gate. Written evaluation tools will be distributed to sponsors to assess their input on the festival, and utilize their comments for growth and improvement of the festival. Written evaluation tools will be handed out by volunteers during the festival. After the event, evaluations will be sent to sponsors to request their input on the festival, and utilize their comments for growth and improvement of the festival. A self-addressed, stamped envelope will be included for their convenience. 1) The Treasurer will track sponsors who supported the festival in 2017, and compare the financial support to the festival in 2018. Treasurer will report the findings at the September board meeting. 2) Vendors and festival goers will be able to respond to the new layout for the festival grounds. 3) Audience response to Aztec dancers, number of participants in in hoop and juggling workshops as well a yoga class on July 14. 4) The number of stainless steel cups sold will be recorded. Beverage vendors will be asked how many plastic cups they used, as compared to previous years. Garbage cans and bins will be observed for overflow and content of cups. 5) Verbal feedback from Volunteers will be requested by email. Volunteer satisfaction will be recorded and reported to the board. 6) Festival goers will be surveyed as to their level of satisfaction with the admission charge in 2018. Records will indicate if the admission charge affected the number of attendees.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Survey results indicated that attendees preferred the new location over the previous festival site, they approved the decision to charge admission to the event, and they appreciated the quality and variety of the performances.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved proposed outcomes.
Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Recipient Board Members
Hanna Rossow, Mike Schwartz, Anja Carlson, Paul Jones, Val Love, Patty Vidana, Kathy Fransen, Bridget Kolander Gilbert, Deb Isaacson, Gayle Handevidt More, Toni Hazen, Angie Crees, Michelle Sheepstra
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rhythm of the River
Street Address
PO Box 84
Zip Code
(507) 847-2589
Administered By
Administered by

Griggs Midway Building, Suite 304,
540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

(651) 539-2650 or toll-free (800) 866-2787
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114 3rd Street North, PO Box 55
Marshall, Minnesota 56258 

800-622-5284 or 507-537-1471
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