ACHF Arts Access
Our project goals are to provide an atmosphere for families and victims of various crimes to feel comfortable to receive help and support an amazing local artist, Dona Larkin. We expect for our families and kids to feel more comfortable in the Child Advocacy Center and bring more attention to the talents of local artists. We expect that we will see a change in behavior in the kids we see here at the Child Advocacy Center. To evaluate our changes we will look at the number of disclosures we get. Providing a more comfortable atmosphere will allow a child to feel less anxious about telling the interviewer about their abuse. Therefore, a more comfortable space, more disclosures. We also conduct follow up surveys via the phone with all families seen at the Child Advocacy Center and one important question is, did you feel comfortable in the Child Advocacy Center and did your child feel comfortable here? We can really tell how our atmosphere effects a child based on their willingness to open up and describe their abuse. We keep track of these responses internally to learn from their experiences.
The impact the artwork will have on the attitudes of the kids and families who come to the Child Advocacy Center. We will survey they families as they come to the center to determine if the space was inviting and calming for their child(ren).
Other, local or private
Child Advocacy Center Art Mural
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.