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Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Eden Valley-Watkins Community Education
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
September 2018
End Date
November 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

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

One of our main goals is to provide a high-quality arts experience for our communities. We feel it is important for all age groups to not only be able to view but to have the chance to participate. By encouraging participation, we feel people, whether young or older, gain respect and knowledge for the arts. It can be an exciting time of learning and sharing, providing a better understanding of all that is entailed in the creation of a production such as this. We will obtain a quality cast and crew and help inspire communities’ members to expose themselves to an experience that will leave a life-lasting appreciation of the arts. Another goal of our team is to stimulate as many people as possible to participate. We will be conducting surveys with cast, crew, and audience members. We have developed surveys to use prior to the production so that we can get a better understanding of what people may or may not be expecting to gain out of their experience as a cast member. A survey will be conducted to audience members to find out what they thought of the ticket purchase process, the quality of the acting, singing, and dancing, and their experience as a whole. We will find out whether they would support future productions and what they would like to see come to the stage. Our surveys also ask if they would be interested in participating by becoming a future cast member, stage crew member, costume assistant, house manager, or volunteer in any manner. directors will be conversing with audience members personally to get feedback on each performance. We will also assess each performance by talking with cast and crew members as well as, each other.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Overview

Art Project

Project Details


Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Eden Valley-Watkins Community Education
Street Address
298 Brooks St N
Eden Valley
Zip Code
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

Mark Bosveld: theater, dance; Cheri Buzzeo: theater; Mary Gillespie: art administration; Maureen Keimig: theater; Kaia Nowatzki: visual art, theater, music; Eric Parrish: music, theater; Lisa Hill: music; Erica Volkir: performing arts.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed