Art Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,215
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Big Stone Arts Council
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
May 2014
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Big Stone
Otter Tail
Lyon
Lincoln
Hennepin
Lac qui Parle
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,215
Other Funds Leveraged
$2,350
Direct expenses
$5,565
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Barriers to participation in high quality arts activities will be identified and addressed.Outcome Evaluation Plan: We are blending goals one and two into our plan and will evaluate our success with a written survey at the conclusion of the workshop. We will identify barriers to participation in high quality art activities, describe our tools to overcome the barriers, and include a written survey to assess. The barriers to citizens in our region include the following: distance, access, cost, quality, isolation, time, and feeling not invited/not involved. Our tools to combat these complex and real issues are the following: Distance—hold workshop where people live and make it possible and reasonable to attend and return home at night or stay overnight (60 mile radius). Access—advertise to a varied group of potential participants including using local newspapers, local radio stations, Minnesota Public Radio (aimed at a different level of literacy), on-line regional writing groups, previous participants (past 3 years), direct invitations, Facebook, Big Stone Arts website, and Big Stone Art Council one on one invitations. Registration will be on-line, phone, and snail mail to accommodate the comfort level of potential participants. Quality—we have two high quality presenters who will address writers at the level of ability they designate. Students will have access to both presenters at the final presentation on Sunday as well as at the informal dinner on Saturday evening and the free public reading on Friday evening. Cost—charge a very reasonable fee for 1.5 days of instruction and guided practice as well as 3 meals, 2 light breakfasts, and two coffee breaks. Provide discounted rate for traditional student age (22 and younger) and senior citizen age (65). Isolation—build relationships at all the events with special emphasis on how do we continue to stay connected and write and share writing? We plan to organize scheduled gatherings during the year and make available participants emails and phone numbers to the group if they choose to engage in that exchange. Survey as a tool to empower participants—we will ask for anonymous input as well as suggestions for future workshops and ask for new volunteers to step forward to continue to keep the annual writer's workshop a reality.

Measurable Outcome(s)

There was 80-100% agreement that the instructors and their topics were thorough and useful and appropriate. 50% indicated need for space that was warmer and less noisy, and 100% liked the beautiful setting. 15 participants said they would help with the next workshop. 1 person asked for more scholarships next year. The distance from Ortonville ranged from 0-140 miles with several at 20 miles and 90 miles. There were many excellent ideas suggested for future workshops. One of the participants wrote the following on his survey: The workshop achieved the sense of community that it has consistently over the past 4 years. That really matters. The instructors' management of time and inclusion was excellent. So was the planning of the event and the site. Excellent food, view, and ideal set up for sharing.""

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Becky Parker, Patty Haukos, Jim Foster, Elaine Cable, Adrienne Stattelman, Krista Hartman, Rob Rakow.
Project Overview
Art Project
Project Details
Lakeside Writers Weekend 2014
Project Manager
First Name
Becky
Last Name
Parker
Organization Name
Big Stone Arts Council
Street Address
61 Dahle Ave PO Box 42
City
Ortonville
State
MN
Zip Code
56278
Phone
(320) 760-9491
Email
bigstonearts@gmail.com
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, arts advocate, Lincoln County Pioneer Museum board; 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; Dan Connolly: musician, music educator, board Renville Friends of the Arts; 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
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Jane Link: visual artist , Milan Village Arts School founding member, Milan Community Education, Greater Milan Initiative; 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; 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; Dan Connolly: musician, music educator, board Renville Friends of the Arts; 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.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No