Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Dassel-Cokato Community Education
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
May 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In efforts to increase our actor, crew and audience bases, it is our goal to increase participation in community theatre both in terms of audience size and the number of people participating in the production itself. Our specific goals are to increase the number of people auditioning for our winter production by at least 20% over last year, the number of people helping behind the scenes by at least 20% over last year and our audiences by at least 10% over last year.We will keep detailed records of ticket sales, names and numbers of those auditioning, and volunteer names and total hours donated working on sets, decorating, programs and ushering. We will use that information and compare it to the same information collect during last winter's production.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We successfully increased participation levels with this production compared to last year's very successful production of "The Foreigner." Based on our Evaluation Tool the number of people auditioning increased by 120% over last year, volunteer numbers increased by 71% and audience members increased by 19%, far exceeding our goals in all areas!

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Melissa Blackwell, Rebecca Clemen, Colleen Compton, Bob Gasch, Kristi Hiivala, Eric Johnson, Mike Lhotka, Tracy McConkey, Autumn Nelson, Sara Nelson, Tom Neslon, Kim Putnam, Jane Ryan, Shannon Smieja, Perry Thinesen, Mike Worcester
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Produce The Romancers
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Dassel-Cokato Community Education
Street Address
4852 Reardon Ave SW Ste 1400
Zip Code
(320) 286-4120
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; 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; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council Advisory Board; Kate Aydin: retired educator; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Vice President of Marshall Area Stage Company; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, founding member and president, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Susan Marco: writer, High School English and creative writing teacher; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, board member Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Ellen Copperud: retired language arts teacher, theatre director; Dan Wahl: visual artist, musician, theater, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasure, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County board; Sydney Massee; visual artist, theatre, Lac qui Parle Valley School Districts board.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Vonnie Saquilan: arts advocate, Granite Arts Council Board; Kathy Schaefer: musician, photographer, Southwest Minnesota State University business professor; Susan Marco: writer, High School English and creative writing teacher; Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, board member Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Greta Murray (507) 537-1471