ACHF Arts Access
Augustana Care Lakeside has established the following goals for this arts project: Up to 75 people who have mental/physical challenges have access to three musicians and a visual artist who invite their participation in the arts (overcoming barriers). Residents and patients at Augustana Care's Lakeside Campus in Dassel report that they experienced joy, less anxiety, and felt less pain during the arts experiences (instilling the arts into public life). Residents who participate in the painting project report that they learned new arts techniques and have a greater understanding of ways to represent landscape on canvas (supporting high-quality, age-appropriate arts education). The artists report that they were successful in engaging residents and other participants in the arts events they have presented (supporting artists in producing high-quality arts activities). The community-at-large experiences an increase in their understanding of the impact of the arts on elders (instilling the arts into public life). The staff of Augustana Care Lakeside will track attendance and interview at least 40% of the residents who attend each of the music events, if they are not able to complete the survey themselves. The staff will use a simple survey that allows for both yes/no and longer responses. Residents who participate in the painting classes will complete a survey about what they've learned from the artist, what they have produced, and what ancillary benefits (sense of calm, joy in producing something, finding a new form of expression) they experienced. The artists will complete surveys focusing on their methods of engagement, and how they adapted their performances to the needs/abilities of the residents. The campus administrator will take pictures of the events, and invite the press to attend and/or write articles that highlight these arts activities on campus.
We had good attendance at a majority of the concerts (save for the one with the conflict, mentioned earlier) and one of the concerts was held on a family day, so we achieved our attendance goal. According to survey results, the residents definitely forgot their daily cares at the arts events we scheduled. The music was the most accessible to everyone, and that makes it a perfect event for our residents. Each of the artists did an incredible job of engaging people in the event.
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Helping Elders Celebrate Their Heritage
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 teacher, visual arts, Tyler Arts Council, Southwest Minnesota Weaver's Guild; Michele Knife Sterner: theatre actor, Southwest Minnesota State University Associate Director for Access Opportunity Success program; Tom Wirt: artist, owner of Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member of 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; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor Southwest Minnesota State University; 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; Reggie Gorter: vocalist, theatre, voice and dance teacher; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Claire Swanson: visual arts, arts teacher, Meander Art Crawl Committee.
Ruth Ascher: Arts administration; Cheryl Avenel-Navara: Arts appreciator; Pam Blake: Visual, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Bill Gossman: Visual, music; Dusan Milanovic: Visual, theatre; Andrew Nordin: Visual; Janet Olney: Visual, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board, Eric Parish: Music, theatre.