Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
The Calumet Players, Inc.
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
June 2017
End Date
August 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Art Project

Project Details

Prairie Fire Children's Theatre Pipestone

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 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.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

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.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Support artists and art organizations in creating, producing and presenting high-quality arts activities. Overcoming barriers to accessing high quality activities. Instilling the arts into the community and public life in our region. Supporting high quality, age appropriate arts education for children to develop knowledge skills and understanding of the arts. We hope to encourage more children to be involved in the theater, we are eliminating barriers for children to have the opportunity to work with a professional theater group outside of Pipestone and to learn new skills. We will follow up with a survey to the parents and interview some of the children involved. We will be interviewing the students and specifically asking them what new techniques they learned and about their experiences as a whole.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Yes, the ability for us to do a show or theater camp at all and have it actually happen was one goal and it was achieved. Attracting new thespians to the theater and having the kids learn new techniques for acting was also a goal. The kids overall responses were great, just wish it could be longer because they were having so much fun. The parents were thrilled that we did a summer camp so their children could be involved. The kids said they learned new techniques on remembering lines and working together. Many kids were not able to participate because the fair was the same week. We were a little disappointed in the turn out but an overall good experience.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Bronwyn Jones, Brooke Van Essen, JaNeil Peschon, Diana Brecher, Laurie Ness, Sylvia Newell, Tammy Grubbs
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
The Calumet Players, Inc.
Street Address
PO Box 194
Zip Code
(507) 825-4120
Administered By
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