ACHF Cultural Heritage
75% of Festival attendees will have a positive interaction with someone from a cultural tradition different from their own, at least 4 of the performing artists will be folk and traditional artists of Minnesota and 90% of the artists will feel a sense of pride after performing at the Festival. To evaluate how well we have met our stated project outcomes a paper/pencil survey translated into English and Spanish will be handed out by volunteers during the Festival. Questions will include: number of participants who interacted with someone from a culture other than their own, the number of people who learned something new about another culture other than their own, and the number of people who felt they are more comfortable interacting with someone of a different culture from their experience at the Festival. Questions asked to artists will include whether they had a positive experience after performing at the Festival and also if performing at the Festival had a positive impact on their artistry. All of this feedback comes from artists, performers, volunteers, participants, sponsors, and the Festival committee. In 2017 the Festival committee plans to hire a professional evaluator to review and revise the survey to determine its effectiveness. Our questions may be modified depending on the committee's consultation with the evaluator. When the survey results are tabulated and the Festival committee meets to review the results, the committee will determine how we have met our project outcomes. The evaluator will meet with the committee to address unmet outcomes and work with the committee to determine what changes need to be made in any areas of the Festival. Subsequently the committee would implement these changes. The committee will review its evaluation methods to determine the effectiveness of the data received and make needed changes.
The Festival had two measurable outcomes: 1) Festival attendees had a positive interaction with someone from a cultural tradition different from their own and 2) At least 4 of the performing artists were folk and traditional artists of Minnesota and they will feel a sense of pride after performing at the Festival. A written survey at the Festival showed that we met those goals.
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Worthington International Festival
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.
Joyce Aakre: visual arts, writing, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Ron Porep: Arts administration; Ruth Ascher: arts administration; Sheila Tabaka: Theatre; John Voit: Music, theatre; Joyce Meyer: visual arts, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Tom Wirt: visual arts, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board.
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Nicole DeBoer (507) 537-1471