Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
City of Cottonwood
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
May 2017
End Date
July 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Yellow Medicine
Project Overview

Art Project

Project Details

Musical Talent at Central Park Market

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 Access

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

The committee wants residents to not only become aware of the local talent that exists in Southwest Minnesota, but to grow in their appreciation of that talent. A measurable goal for the Market will continue to be to determine if the participant was familiar with the musical talent prior to their visit to the Market and for that participant to also indicate if they are familiar with the type of music that they experienced during the market season. If the musical talent or type of music is something new to the participant, they will be asked, via a survey, what their impressions are of this type of music. The Central Park Market Committee will distribute the survey to participants during market hours. As the committee has done last year, we will also post a link on the paper survey and on the Market's Facebook page that will allow participants to complete the survey and provide additional feedback on Survey Monkey throughout and after the market season. After the summer season, the Market committee will evaluate the survey results and work to incorporate suggestions that fit with Central Park Market's mission.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Some of the main findings from the survey indicated that over 70% of attendees come from within a five mile radius of the Market, over 90% of respondents feel that the musical aspect of the Market is somewhat or very important to their experience, respondents have indicated that they enjoy the type of music performed at the Market but would also like to see polka, folk, and local talent (talent contest) music as well. A majority of the respondents were aware of the local musicians performing.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Denise Thomas-Aamodt, Charles Seipel
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
City of Cottonwood
Street Address
PO Box 106
Zip Code
(507) 423-6488
Administered By
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