Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Granite Falls Area Community Theater
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2017
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Yellow Medicine
Project Overview

Art Project

Project Details

Disney's The Lion King Jr. Instant Theater Camp

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)

1. Through participation in this project, participants will spend one week exploring and expanding both their music and theater skills. This will be done through improvisation, team-building activities, and performing a musical. Through teamwork, they will produce Disney's The Lion King within one week's time. 2. Throughout the one-week process of participants experiencing the Lion King theater camp, they will produce a musical that anyone in our community will be able to attend. We will have an audience of at least 50 per night. These audience members will be exposed to high-quality musical theater through this process. 3. Through the one-week theater camp, we will inspire younger performers to be involved in the high school theater program and increase the number of students involved. We will create this lifelong learning opportunity for them and continue to maintain, support, and build our own organization while promoting and inspiring our local school's theater program. 4. The Lion King features pieces of African culture and music. Everyone and their mother has seen the movie, but not many get to experience this show live on stage. We will experience the diverse culture in The Lion King and bring it to Southwestern Minnesota. We will survey all participants at the conclusion of our week-long camp to gain an understanding of the value of their experience. Youth will be asked if their plan on continuing their theater experience. We will survey the audience to see if they enjoyed the performance and ask their opinion on what the "next step" should be for their community theater in their town. We will track the size of the audience and compare with previous projects. We will also track the involvement of students in the local school's theater program. We will dialogue at the board meeting following the camp to gather survey results and talk about how we can expand, and be more effective in offering theater experiences for individuals in our community. We will look at what went well and what didn't go well. We will also look at our SMART goals and see if we achieved them. If we didn't, we will devise a plan as to how to meet them next time (if the goals stay the same). We will ask the community what show or project they would like to see in the future and take their suggestions into consideration. We have found that the most well-attended shows are the ones that the community would like to see. We will also evaluate the effectiveness of the camp by analyzing the feedback from the participants.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We had more participants that anticipated. We had more audience members (almost double) than anticipated. The participants seemed to enjoy the experience. The audience seemed to enjoy the performances.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Carrie Speh, Heidi Bakkelund, Kathy Anderson, Kelly Nokleby, Kathy Kinsley, Emilee Speh
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Granite Falls Area Community Theater
Street Address
PO Box 130
Granite Falls
Zip Code
(320) 226-0388
Administered By
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St. Paul, MN 55104

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Marshall, Minnesota 56258 

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