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Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2018
End Date
February 2019
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)

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 "Peter and the Wolf" and familiarize our audience with Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev's famous work, to demonstrate the instruments of the orchestra playing the parts of the characters in the story, and to attract families with children of all ages to attend this concert that highlights the well-known classic. 4) To feature a local artist within our region and to hear and celebrate the accomplishments of a talented brass player by programming a masterwork piece for French Horn soloist Dr. Amy Laursen, music professor at University of South Dakota in Vermillion. 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 expand our outreach to the under-served and diverse population in our community, Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra will offer free admission to children age ten and under and advertise with posters that are translated into the Spanish language in an effort to better communicate our concert opportunity. Rehearsals and music selections will be evaluated by the players through a written evaluation at the conclusion of the season as well as ongoing conversation between Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra's conductor(s), the Leadership Team and musicians. Surveys will also be available at the concert for the audience to give feedback regarding choice of music etc. Tickets will be made available to elementary aged students with a count kept by the box office to assess the number of tickets distributed to this audience. Students age ten and under will be free of charge and students over age ten will need a ticket for $5 admission to the concert. Feedback from surveys and information gathered regarding demographics of ticket holders will help the Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra Leadership Team to determine future projects for the organization.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Overview

Art Project

Project Details

Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra November 2018 Holiday Concert.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra
Street Address
1210 Elmwood Ave
Zip Code
(507) 372-7418
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, Southwest Minnesota State University 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
Conflict of Interest Contact

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