Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
City of Cottonwood
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
May 2018
End Date
August 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Lac qui Parle
Yellow Medicine
Lac qui Parle
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Since its inception, the main goal of Central Park Market is to host an event in which area residents can come to experience local offerings ranging from homemade food, crafts, art and musical talent. In regards to the musical talent aspect of the Market, the Market Committee works to ensure that residents not only become aware of the local talent that exists in Southwest Minnesota, but that they also grow in their appreciation of our local talent. The Committee would also like to work with musicians of different musical styles and backgrounds to generate interest in these different musical genres to attendees of Central Park Market. The Committee also wants to be able to support our local musical talent by showcasing them at the Market and reimbursing them for their participation. A measurable goal for the Market Committee this year will be to bring different musicians into the mix and promote their talent to area residents. We expect that this season, Market attendees will learn about musical talent that they were not aware existed in our area and grow to appreciate the different types of musical talent performed at the Market. The Central Park Market Committee will distribute a survey to participants towards the end of the Market season. The Committee will also post-a link on the survey and on the Central Park Market Facebook page that will allow participants to complete the survey and provide additional feedback on the musical talent at this seasons Market. The Market Committee will work to document if the Market attendees were familiar with the type of music that they experienced during the market season via the completion of an online or paper survey. In the survey, the participant will be asked if they are familiar with the musical talent that performed, what were their impressions of this talent, and if they would like this talent to perform again next year. After the Market season comes to a close, the Committee will evaluate the survey results and work to incorporate suggestions that fit with Central Park Market's mission.

Measurable Outcome(s)

From the survey responses that were revived, it was determined that most Market patrons are repeat attendees and come from less than 5 miles away. Musical performance is either very important or somewhat important to patrons Market experience, most were aware of the local musicians that performed, but 20% were not aware of the artist until their performance, a large majority of attendees said that the musical performances either greatly increased, or somewhat increased their knowledge of musical talent in the area.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved most of the proposed outcomes
Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Recipient Board Members
Denise Thomas, Craig Aamodt, Charles Seipel
Project Overview

Art Project

Project Details

Musical Talent at Central Park Market.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
City of Cottonwood
Street Address
PO Box 106
Zip Code
(507) 423-6488
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 educator, visual artist, Tyler Arts Council, Lincoln County Art Fair, Southwest Minnesota Weaver's Guild; Michele Knife Sterner: theatre actor, SMSU Associate director for Access Opportunity Success program; Lisa Hill: musician, Crow River Singers, attorney; Joyce Aakre: visual arts, writing, Discover Dassel committee, Board member for Litchfield Community Education, Exhibit committee for Dassel Area Historical Society; Emily Petersen: visual artist, art teacher; David KelseyBassett: visual artist, musician; 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; Erica Volkir: performing arts, Director of Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB; Claire Swanson: visual arts, arts teacher, Meander Art Crawl Committee.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Cheri Buzzeo: theatre, arts admin; Mary Gillespie: visual art, chamber; Dusan Milanovic, theatre; Kaia Nowatzki: visual art; Tom Wirt: visual art, arts/community boards; Brett Lehman: music, SMAC Board; Janet Olney: visual art, arts admin, SMAC Board.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Nicole DeBoer (507) 537-1471