Worthington International Festival.
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; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member 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; 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.
Joyce Aakre: visual art, writing; Mark Brodin: music, theatre, film; Maureen Keimig: theatre; Kristine Leuze: visual art; Joyce Meyer: visual art, education; Kathy Schaefer: music, visual art; John Voit: music, theatre.
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Nicole DeBoer (507) 537-1471
ACHF Cultural Heritage
75% of Festival attendees will have a positive interaction with someone from a cultural tradition different from their own, at least four of the performing artists will be folk and traditional artists of Minnesota and 90% of the artists will feel a sense of pride after performing at the Festival. These goals are verified through our audience survey results. To evaluate how well we have met our stated project outcomes a paper/pencil survey translated into English and Spanish will be handed out by volunteers during the Festival. Questions will include: number of participants who interacted with someone from a culture other than their own, the number of people who learned something new about another culture other than their own, and the number of people who felt they are more comfortable interacting with someone of a different culture from their experience at the Festival. Questions asked to artists will include whether they had a positive experience after performing at the Festival and also if performing at the Festival had a positive impact on their artistry. All of this feedback comes from artists, performers, volunteers, participants, sponsors, and the Festival committee. The results of the Festival surveys will determine for the organizing committee that people who have a positive cross-cultural interaction at the Festival will have a meaningful experience overall at the Festival.
Festival attendees had a positive interaction with someone from a cultural tradition different from their own. At least four of the performing artists were folk and traditional artists of MN and felt a sense of pride after performing at the Festival. Minnesota communities were strengthened or enriched by arts festivals.
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