ACHF Arts Education
Our project goal is to support high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for residents of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts. The change we are expecting from this project is to spark an interest in our youngest community members to become involved in the arts. For those that have already started in the theater, we are looking to increase their interest, so they continue to become involved in the theater. Specifically, we look to track the number of new participants, returning participants, and community members in attendance. Our focus is to compare these numbers at the end of the performance to prior years to determine the progress to our goal. Ideally, our goal is to see an increase in all categories each year. We will use the data of the participation in the play and attendance for the performances to track the status of our goal. In addition, we will also use a measurement of evaluation in the form of a survey distributed to both parents and students involved in the performance. The survey will ask questions measuring student satisfaction, enthusiasm, and suggestions to improve the experience. A similar survey for the parents will ask the same questions.
The evaluation consisted of surveys of the parents and students involved in the play. We also used participation and audience counts as a form of evaluation. Thirteen of the 30 stated that the practices during the week where the best part, 10 said that the performance was the best part, and seven just said the whole thing was the best. Amazingly, 28 out of the 30 said they would participate again. Tracking the number of students involved, the thirty we had this year was up slightly from the prior year. The main increase being due to expansion of opportunities for the students (tech, asst. director, etc.).
Other, local or private
Summer Theater Program
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.
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.