Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
McLeod County Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2014
End Date
April 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
One Woman Play
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
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

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

The Museum has four major goals for this project: First, to create access to the theatrical arts at an affordable price in our rural communities, which have little to no exposure to this type of performance art. Second, to foster a sense of value and appreciation for art and history. Third, to build partnerships with local county art and history organizations that build future public programming and reach a more diverse and board audience. Fourth, to preserve the history of our county and to open up a dialog about rural life in the 1920s, 30s and 40s and how that has shaped our county to-date and how understanding this history will impact our future.The Museum will use ticket sales and attendance counts to determine the access level of the project, along with a detailed survey that will focus on the impact that the performance had on them and the value and appreciation they had for having the opportunity to attend. The survey will also cover how they heard about the performance and if they are currently affiliated with any of the four art and history organizations involved. Future programming partnerships between the art and history organizations will also be recorded as an achievement of our goals. The Museum also hopes to promote sharing of stories of rural life in McLeod County by offering a blog site on their website and will challenge other organizations to do the same. These stories will be preserved in the Museum's digital archive and used as a part of our historical research collection that is open to the public.

Measurable Outcome(s)

507 total guests, 168 kids tickets at $5,339 adult tickets at $10. Saturday had 242 guests, Sunday had 265 guests. Everyone rated the overall quality of the performance as excellent or good. Most said they would attend a future performance like this one. Also, most people said the performance stirred memories from their past.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Anne Hahn, Karen Hendrickson, Gary Ziemer, Tara Russell, Stan Ehrke, Dave Hoeemann, Lowell Ueland, Scott Rehmann, Ray Pavlish
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
McLeod County Historical Society
Street Address
380 School Rd NW
Zip Code
(320) 587-2109
Administered By
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