Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Upper Minnesota River Valley Regional Development Commission AKA Meander Art Crawl
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
December 2012
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Big Stone
Swift
Chippewa
Lac qui Parle
Yellow Medicine
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$24,165
Direct expenses
$29,165
Administration costs
$0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

1. To showcase our area with high quality arts. 2. Create economic benefits for visual artists in our region. 3. Foster the community of visual artists. 4. The visual artists will sell their work to Meander participants.A passport survey is filled out by participants to gather information about the quality and experience of the event. An artist survey is filled out after the event by the artists reporting on economic benefits and number or participants.

Measurable Outcome(s)

2013 Meander Economic Impacts: $90,874 Total reported Meander art sales to customers during the Meander weekend (40/45 surveys reported). 2012 reported $94,076 with 42 surveys returned. $2,271 Average reported art sales per artist. Increase of 1% from 2012. 76% Money raised to organize the Meander through sponsors and artists was spent on products or services (printing, paper, advertising, graphic design, staffing) in the five county area. Meander spent over $10,000 on advertising in 2013; 26% of the total budget. 70-1100 Reported total number of customers at individual studios for the entire weekend. 11 studios Average number of studios customers visited. 3 people per travel party (on average). 71% of customers said the quality of the art was excellent. 77% of customers said their overall experience was excellent. 53% did NOT attend last year. 79% plan to attend again next year. 20% maybe plan to attend next year. 43% came from within 5-county area. 25% came from greater Minnesota (outside 5-county area). 20% came from the metro area. 12% came from out of state. Average Expenditures per Customer. (373 reporting in 2013 vs. 387 in 2012). $112 on Meander Art ($98 in 2012). $41 on Food/Gas ($41 in 2012). $20 on Shopping, other than art ($14 in 2012). $16 on Lodging ($12 in 2012).

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Jo Pederson, Claire Swanson, Andy Kahmann, Kristi Fernholz, Franz Richter, Celeste Suter, Deb Connolly, Neva Foster, Darci Schipnewski, Paula Soine, Gene Sandau, Audrey Arner
Project Overview
Meander Art Crawl 2013
Project Details
Meander Art Crawl 2013.
Project Manager
First Name
Kristi
Last Name
Fernholz
Organization Name
Upper Minnesota River Valley Regional Development Commission AKA Meander Art Crawl
Street Address
4998 320th Ave
City
Granite Falls
State
MN
Zip Code
56241
Phone
(320) 564-3799
Email
kristi.fernholz@umvrdc.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Audrey Fuller: writer, arts advocate, tribal planner, grant writer; Maggie Harp: musician, music teacher, active in New London arts and theatre community; Barb Nelson: art teacher, vocal musician, Children's theatre director; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Vice President of the Marshall Area Stage Company; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, founding member and president of Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member of the Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Mark Wilmes: actor, singer, director, president of Lake Benton Opera House.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Deb Larson: visual artist, president of Big Stone County Arts Council; Jane Link: visual artist, board member of Milan Village Arts School, and Milan Community Education, and Greater Milan Initiative; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Connie Feig: arts advocate, board member of the Barn Theater and Willmar Area Arts Council; Randy Meyer: visual artist and farmer, former art teacher; Kate Aydin: retired educator, multidisciplinary curriculum developer, board member of Lincoln County Pioneer Museum; 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, former clogger; Ellen Copperud: retired language arts teacher, theatre director; Dan Wahl: visual artist, musician, participant in community theater productions, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Tamara Isfeld: visual artist, art teacher for Renville County West Schools, Arts Meander planning committee, board member at Granite Arts Council and Renville Friends of the Arts; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, treasurer of Rock County Fine Arts Association, board member for Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County, Art Rocks planning committee; Sydney Massee: visual artist, quilter, behind the scenes assistant in theatre productions, board member of Lac qui Parle Valley School District.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Yes
Conflict of Interest Contact
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Greta Murray (507) 537-1471