ACHF Cultural Heritage
Our goal best supports the main goal of instilling the arts into the community and public life in our region. We would expect to attract community members who have limited access to the arts due to their life situation, socio-economic standing, lack of transportation, weekday schedules, etc. We feel that the combination of performance arts, access to healthy and affordable produce and value added nutrition education will create a destination that the public will seek out on Saturday mornings. Our evaluation focuses on the collection of information and feedback from attendees and will take a two pronged approach. First, weekly interviews/surveys completed on site during performances by the market manager and our EBT volunteers. This information will be collected weekly which will allow for real time feedback on each artist. Contact information of market consumers is also collected throughout the market season and an online survey will be conducted in October. In addition, attendance estimates will be recorded each week. Use of SNAP benefits will be correlated with attendance to provide knowledge regarding participation by the under-served.
As an open-air, non-ticketed event held in conjunction with the Farmer's Market it was difficult to know exact attendance and other statistical measures. Measureable for us was the information gathered in participant surveys. We learned that the community views the performances and market shopping as co-beneficial - both events standing alone but simultaneously benefiting each other. We learned how much the community enjoyed the culture performances and the importance to continue with these groups.
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Music at the Market
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.