Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Blue Mound Area Theatre
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
February 2014
End Date
May 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
James Sewell Ballet performance of LoverLe Sueur
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Jane Link: visual artist, Milan Village Arts School founding member, Milan Community Education, Greater Milan Initiative; 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; Randy Meyer: visual artist and farmer, former art teacher; Kate Aydin: retired educator, developed a curriculum focused on the visual arts, literature, and modern and traditional music of Spain and Latin America, Lincoln County Pioneer Museum board member; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Vice President of Marshall Area Stage Company; Tom Wirt: artist, owner of Clay Coyote Gallery, founding member and president of Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member of Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Susan Marco: writer, High School English and creative writing teacher; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, board member of Prairie Music Association and Prairie Oasis Players; Ellen Copperud: retired language arts teacher, theatre director; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County board member; Sydney Massee; visual artist, theatre, Lac qui Parle Valley School Districts board member; Audrey Fuller; writer, arts advocate, tribal planner, grant writer.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Maggie Harp: musician, music teacher; Carol Purrington: retired English teacher, president of Marshall Area Fine Arts Council; Vonnie Saquilan: arts advocate, Granite Arts Council board member; Kathy Schaefer: musician, photographer, Southwest Minnesota State University business professor; Bev Tellefsen: retired educator, Granite Arts Council board member; Mark Wilmes: president of Lake Benton Opera House, musician, theatre, journalist.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

More Minnesotans, especially those in the Southwest Minnesota Region, will be able to participate in the arts.We will measure success through information derived in audience surveys, local performer feedback session and third party interviews with local presenting partners. Questions asked will include: Have you ever attended a professional dance performance in the past? If yes, Where? On a scale of 1 - 10 how much did you enjoy this event? Did you feel you received value for the ticket price paid? Would you attend again? Have you ever watched a video of yourself dancing before? Was your experience of seeing yourself on the screen a positive experience?

Measurable Outcome(s)

Our goal was to introduce professional, contemporary ballet to our community. I think we did this in a very successful manner. All three surveys included a question about participating in a similar event again in the future. We had 65 people respond to our survey. 63 reported in the affirmative. Another goal we had was to involve local students in a professional dance experience. We were able to do this. Their responses to the questionnaire were quite heartwarming. They indicated that this was a very positive experience that they hoped to do again and that they loved to perform and watch professionals perform. Our attendance did not meet the numbers projected in our grant. However we did have well over 100 people in attendance when we included local performers and volunteer workers at the Palace. We believe this is an excellent attendance for a dance event.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Pat Baistian, Tammy Makram, Katie Jauert, Mike Elbers, Colleen Nath, Dianne Ossenfort, Heidi-Sehr, Elanie Harms, Kevin Aaker, LaDonna VanAartsen, Verlyn Van Batavia, Jim Juhl, Louella Voight, Shirley Connor.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Blue Mound Area Theatre AKA Historic Palace Theatre
Street Address
492 120th Ave
Zip Code
(507) 283-9237
Administered By
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Griggs Midway Building, Suite 304,
540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

(651) 539-2650 or toll-free (800) 866-2787
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114 3rd Street North, PO Box 55
Marshall, Minnesota 56258 

800-622-5284 or 507-537-1471
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