Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
February 2018
End Date
July 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Art Project

Project Details

WASO Spring Concert 2018.

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; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; 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

Joyce Aakre: visual art, writing; Mark Brodin: music, theatre, film; Maureen Keimig: theatre; Kristine Leuze: visual art; Joyce Meyer: visual art, education; Kathy Schaefer: music, visual art; John Voit: music, theatre.

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) To remain dedicated to providing an opportunity for life-long musical expression and the enjoyment of orchestral music for musicians and audiences of all ages. 2) To perform orchestral literature which presents a technical and artistic challenge to its players. 3) To feature a piece composed by our conductor highlighting the talents of soloist Chris Hill on clarinet for which the part was written. 4) To feature an artist within our community and celebrate local talent by programming a masterwork piece for piano soloist Kurt Haag, Worthington High School math teacher. 5) To provide bus transportation for Adult Basic Education students in our community to attend a rehearsal and encourage their participation in the arts in our community. 6) To establish an additional paid position of Principal Violin II and expand the musical leadership offerings within our orchestra. For outcomes from this project, WASO desires to provide an opportunity for local musicians to actively participate in the arts while creating an educational, entertaining and engaging program for an audience to enjoy. WASO continually seeks to expand its audience and include new attendees to experience the arts. WASO will evaluate the rehearsals and concert through ongoing communication between WASO's conductor, the Leadership Team, and their musicians. Written surveys will be filled out by WASO musicians and concert attendees. An additional part of the success of the concert will come from the number of people attending the concert and completing the evaluation and contribution forms. Results from the written evaluations will be gathered and recorded by the Leadership Team, shared with the WASO conductor and WASO musicians. Survey results along with the feedback and response from musicians and audience members will aid WASO in determining future endeavors and projects for their organization.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Five of WASO's goals were met through this project in the following ways: the concert provided an opportunity for each musician to perform their instruments on some very challenging orchestral repertoire that demanded advanced technique and a high level of musical expression; this concert allowed for the enjoyment of live orchestral music to be performed by musicians and enjoyed by audience members of all ages; this concert showcased our conductor's talent on a piece he composed, was performed by the soloist it was specifically written for, and played for the purpose it was intended in honoring a loved one who had died of cancer; a talented local artist was featured on a masterwork for piano; our musical leadership and educational ability continues to expand within the ensemble by having a paid position for principal second violin now established.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved proposed outcomes.
Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Recipient Board Members
Melanie Loy, Beth Habicht, Karen Pfeifer, Craig Pfeifer, Kris Stewart
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra
Street Address
1210 Elmwood Ave
Zip Code
(507) 372-7418
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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