ACHF Cultural Heritage
Primary goal: Supporting events and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions represented in this region. Objective 1: Engage the community in traditional Somali music, dance and weaving. Objective 2: Engage the community in appreciating mariachi music. Secondary goal 1: Supporting high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for residents of all ages to develop knowledge skills and understanding of the arts. Objective 1: Engage the Somali and broader community, particularly young adults, in learning and engaging in traditional Somali dance. Objective 2: Engage the Somali and broader Willmar community, in experiencing and developing an appreciation for Somali music preferred by many young Somali adults. Objective 3: Engage the Somali and broader Willmar community, in learning traditional Somali weaving. Objective 4: Engage the broader Willmar community in Mariachi music. Secondary goal 2: Overcoming barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities. Objective 1: Make high-quality arts experiences available locally at no cost to residents. Primary goal, Objective 1: Count of the number of people participating in each project event, with estimates by ethnicity. At least 50% of participants will be non-Somali. Complete all activities in the project. Primary goal, Objective 2: Count of the number of people participating in the mariachi music event, with estimates by ethnicity. At least 35% of participants will be non-Hispanic. Secondary goal 1, Objective 1: At least 30 people will participate in the Somali dance class. At least 25 of the dance class participants will participate in the July 1, Somali Independence Day Celebration. Secondary goal 1, Objective 2: At least 300 people will attend the performances by Dalmar Yare on Somali Independence Day, of whom at least 30% will be non-Somali. Secondary goal 1, Objective 3: At least 30 people will attend the traditional Somali weaving classes, of whom at least 5 will be non-Somali. Secondary goal 1, Objective 4: At least 200 people will attend the Mariachi music event, at least 50 of whom will be non-Hispanic. Secondary goal 2, Objective 1: At least 525 people (non-duplicated) will participate in the project events, 75 or more being children.
Over 750 people participated in the Somali Independence Day event in down town Willmar and at the Willmar community Center. Approximately 150 were children and youth and 200 were non-Somali. 120 people participated in the Mariachi Jalisco program. Of these 27 were children or youth and approximately 30 were non-Latino. 28 people participated in the Somali weaving classes. Of these, five (5) were children or youth and 12 were non-Somali. 35 people participated in the Somali traditional dance classes. Of these, 12 were children or youth and 15 were non-Somali. Verbal comments of participants were helpful.
Other, local or private
Buidling Community Through The Arts
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 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.
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.
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Nicole DeBoer (507) 537-1471