Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,375
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Mesabi Community Orchestra AKA Mesabi Symphony Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
September 2015
End Date
April 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Lake
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,375
Other Funds Leveraged
$8,654
Direct expenses
$12,029
Administration costs
$100
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The primary focus of this project is to expand the audience for orchestra concerts in northern Minnesota. Measurable short-term outcomes for this project include (1) performing with a full complement of 55-60 musicians or more; (2) drawing audiences of 200 or more at each concert location; (3) positive evaluations from a majority of Mesabi Community Orchestra participants; and (4) meeting budget. Longer-range outcomes for this project include a thriving arts scene on the Iron Range, greater interest in the study of music in our schools, growing audiences for orchestra concerts, and growing financial support for the Mesabi Community Orchestra. The Mesabi Community Orchestra board tracks orchestra membership and concert attendance on an ongoing basis. The financial results for this project will be collected by the Mesabi Community Orchestra board and evaluated at a board meeting. Mesabi Community Orchestra will conduct a year-end survey of orchestra members to evaluate several aspects of programming in general and this concert specifically. The Mesabi Community Orchestra board will track audience size and financial support over time through the Cultural Data Project to determine whether the measurable long-term outcomes are being met.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Measurable short-term outcomes for this project include: (1) performing with a full complement of 55-60 musicians or more; this outcome was met, as we performed with 57 orchestra musicians and 8 singers. (2) drawing audiences of 200 or more at each concert location; this outcome was not met, as attendance was 155 in Hibbing and 167 in Virginia. While this fell short of the target, audience size is up from the previous year, when we concert attendance averaged 150. (3) positive evaluations from a majority of Mesabi Symphony Orchestra participants; this was partially met, as a survey of Mesabi Symphony Orchestra musicians included 86% who supported the artistic vision, and 76% who believed the format should be repeated in the future. However, 70% felt there was not enough rehearsal time to adequately prepare for the concert. (4) meeting budget. This outcome was met, as expenses were held below budget by 13% and cash outlays were also below budget.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Sarah Antanies, Karen McManus, Kris Coombe, Ben Johnson, Sergey Bogza, Lynn Evenson, Erik Honkanen, Mary Peterson, Roberta Tomasetti, Sheila Wilcox
Project Overview
Art Project Grant
Project Details
Mesabi Symphony Orchestra Presents The Planets. Mesabi Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with the Minnesota Astronomical Society in a multi-media presentation and concert featuring “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. Concert dates will be February 6 and 7, 2016 in Ely and Virginia. Major goals of this project will be to draw new and non-traditional audiences of all ages to an orchestra concert, and to create an audience experience that is immersive and emotionally moving.
Project Manager
First Name
Sarah
Last Name
Antanies
Organization Name
Mesabi Community Orchestra AKA Mesabi Symphony Orchestra
Street Address
PO Box 600
City
Virginia
State
MN
Zip Code
55792
Phone
(218) 365-3228
Email
karjack@frontiernet.net
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; Ken Bloom: Director of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; David Beard: Assistant Professor University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth, Shannon Sweeney: stage manager for Duluth Playhouse and former production manager for the Minnesota Ballet; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; Ken Bloom: Director of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; David Beard: Assistant Professor University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior.