Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,586
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Citizens for Backus / Alexander Baker, Inc. AKA Backus Community Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
In Progress
Start Date
December 2017
End Date
May 2018
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Koochiching
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,586
Other Funds Leveraged
$9,114
Direct expenses
$12,700
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Borealis Bards is producing a 2018 spring performance of “Anne of Green Gables"ť in effort to increase our audience base, increase the skills of the artistic community, and expand our Junior Bards youth theatre program. We anticipate gaining new audience members by broadening marketing efforts into surrounding communities and nearby Canadian towns. We also anticipate returning members will advance their artistic abilities including first-time director, Cody Boyer. New cast and crew members will be reached by advertising auditions in the play program of our fall performance, social media, recruiting students from four school districts, home school population, and church youth groups. We will utilize box office reports to determine if we are increasing attendance. An audience survey and social media responses will identify our success in reaching new audience segments as well as satisfaction levels and quality of performance. A participant survey will be distributed to all cast and crew to solicit response on their experience in the production and if they felt their skill level had an opportunity to expand and grow. Success in this area will also be measured by the number of members that return for the fall 2018 play. The growth of our youth program will be measured by the number of new cast and crew members.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Overview

Art Project Grant

Project Details

"Anne of Green Gables", is the 2018 spring production presented by youth members of Borealis Bards, the community theatre troupe of Backus Community Center in International Falls. This play is the first full-length area youth production in twenty years.

Project Manager
First Name
Ward
Last Name
Merrill
Organization Name
Citizens for Backus / Alexander Baker, Inc. AKA Backus Community Center
Street Address
900 5th St Backus Comm Center
City
International Falls
State
MN
Zip Code
56649
Phone
(218) 285-7225x 21
Email
wardmerrill@backusab.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist, Cultural Programming Coordinator at American Indian Community Housing Organization; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor UMD Music, pianist; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, and former Children's Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artists, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Kayla Schubert: Native American craft artist, writer, employee at MacRostie Art Center.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist, Cultural Programming Coordinator at American Indian Community Housing Organization; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor UMD Music, pianist; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, and former Children's Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artists, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Kayla Schubert: Native American craft artist, writer, employee at MacRostie Art Center.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No