ACHF Arts Access
To provide participants with a positive experience while performing challenging music. To provide participants with a positive experience while collaborating with other musicians. To provide patrons a positive experience while experiencing live symphonic music of high quality. To attract people who have never attended a Southwest Minnesota Orchestra performance. To expose children to the gift of music and spur interest in participating in the arts. Participants will complete an online and/or paper exit survey: 50% or more of those completing the survey will indicate they found the music challenging. 50% or more of those completing the survey will indicate they had a positive experience while collaborating with other musicians. 50% or more of those completing the survey will indicate they had a positive experience during the rehearsal process. 50% or more of those completing the survey will indicate they had a positive experience performing the concert. Patrons will complete an online and/or paper exit survey: 50% or more of those completing the survey will indicate they had a positive experience. The survey will include an item about whether this is the respondent's first Southwest Minnesota Orchestra concert - of those answering 'yes', 50% or more will indicate that they plan to attend a future concert. Additional information about impact will be summarized from comments made elsewhere on the survey. The survey will include an item about the respondent's age so Friends of the Orchestra can track the spread of age groups attending the performances.
100% of the respondents had a positive experience. 100% would attend another concert in the future. 87% said this was their first Southwest Minnesota Orchestra concert experience.
Other, local or private
2017 Annual Children's Concert and Concerto Competition
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, Southwestern 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 at 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; Cheryl Avenel-Navara: Arts appreciator; 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