Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
February 2017
End Date
July 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Art Project

Project Details

Spring Concert 2017

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, Southwestern 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.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Joyce Aakre: visual arts, writing, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Ron Porep: Arts administration; Ruth Ascher: arts administration; Sheila Tabaka: Theatre; Cheryl Avenel-Navara: Arts appreciator; John Voit: Music, theatre; Joyce Meyer: visual arts, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Tom Wirt: visual arts, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board.

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 Access

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra's goals for this project include: 1. To remain dedicated to providing an opportunity for life-long musical expression and the enjoyment of orchestral music for musicians and audiences of all ages. 2. To perform orchestral literature which presents a technical and artistic challenge to its players. 3. To feature Mexican and American compositions that will enhance our appreciation of both cultures, foster closer relationships and provide a community experience centered around our mutual love of music. 4. To increase audience attendance and support for the orchestra through involvement of Worthington High School orchestra students and our Hispanic community. 5. To promote the rich repertoire and legacy of the Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra. Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra will evaluate the rehearsals and concert through written surveys filled out by Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra musicians and concert attendees. An additional part of the success of the concert will come from the number of people attending the concert and completing the evaluation and contribution forms. For this particular concert, evaluation forms will be made available in English and Spanish. Reserved seating tickets will be sold for the concert allowing Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra Leadership Team to easily keep track of and record attendance numbers as reported from the Box Office. Results from the written evaluations will be gathered and recorded by the Leadership Team, shared with the Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra conductor and Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra musicians, and finally, if granted, submitted in a final report to Southwest Minnesota Arts Council. Survey results along with the feedback and response from musicians and audience members will aid Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra in determining future endeavors for their organization.

Measurable Outcome(s)

After WASO's concert on 5/23/17, 27 people voluntarily filled out evaluation forms. Of these 27, 63% were female & 70% were between the ages of 50-75+. 78% of the responders were Caucasian and 48% were from Worthington with 9 additional communities identified. 96% of the evaluators knew someone in WASO and 85% of these same people have attended a symphony orchestra concert before. 18% of these evaluators were first time attendees at a WASO concert. 85% of the responders have not heard Mexican music played by a full symphony orchestra before and 100% of the responders said that the concert enhanced their appreciation of Mexican music. 70% have never heard a live performance of the complete Beethoven Symphony No. 7. 85% knew that the concert was an activity sponsored by SMAC. Audience comments highlight appreciation for the variety of excellent music that was played.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Melanie Loy, Beth Habicht, Karen Pfeifer, Craig Pfeifer
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra
Street Address
1210 Elmwood Ave
Zip Code
(507) 372-7418
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