Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Dakota Wicohan
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2014
End Date
October 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Yellow Medicine
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Star Stories: Digital storytelling residency with Dallas Goldtooth
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 Cultural Heritage

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

Barriers to participation in high quality arts activities will be identified and addressed.Our intended outcomes of the Star Stories project are to: Remove barriers for 25 youth from an underserved community to study and produce digital stories; Increase sense of cultural belonging and connection to the arts among 25 youth; Create opportunities for 75 Minnesotans from underserved communities to appreciate the arts through a public showcase of original digital stories. To measure them we will complete the following activities: Dakota Wicohan Arts Coordinator will maintain program records of all arts activities; The 20 middle school youth will share what they’ve learned in focus groups and circles led by Dakota Wicohan staff and the consulting artists; The 5-10 high school apprentices will write reflections of their experiences for publication in our newsletter; The families and audience members will assess their experience in the guest book at each public showcase. The assessment team will monitor the arts residencies. Our participants play the most important role in the evaluation. We are using indigenous evaluation methods to identify the sense of belonging and our new youth leadership project for middle school youth. Results will be used to improve our future arts programing at Dakota Wicohan. We intend to permanently incorporate the arts into our youth programs and are committed to continue nurturing and supporting our Dakota artists and their work in our Native community. We also hope that our high school apprentices continue to develop their interest in the arts for sustainability in revitalizing the arts in our community. We hope to learn how connecting rural Native youth to contemporary art forms sparks an ongoing interest in the arts. We hope to learn how to model to families ways to support their youth’s interest in the arts. We also hope our organization better learns how to operate arts activities and to support Dakota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Dakota Star Stories Project met its three intended outcomes, engaging slightly fewer youth apprentices than projected, but reaching many more audience members through more PR channels than projected. It was interesting to see the development of skill between the first and the second videos made by the youth. We are pleased with their growth and confidence as artists. At least half of the participants expressed interest in continuing the art form. The summer camp video enhanced a sense of belonging and cohesion among the group and the participants' connection to Dakota traditions, and the land. More than 100 people watched the two youth videos at the Dakota Wicohan Annual Event held at Jackpot Junction on Lower Sioux on October 17, 2014. This was an unprecedented opportunity for the community to come together and access and appreciate our rich Dakota arts heritage.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Garrielle Strong, Dallas Goldtooth, Daniel Lemm, Mary Peters, Don Robertson, Darlene St Clair, Dean Blue.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Dakota Wicohan
Street Address
PO Box 2 280 Centennial Dr
Zip Code
(507) 697-6272
Administered By
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Marshall, Minnesota 56258 

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