Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,860
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Hutchinson Center for the Arts
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
October 2012
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
McLeod
Meeker
Sibley
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,860
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,500
Direct expenses
$5,360
Administration costs
$0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Our teachers will implement the use of rubrics to see if the child has learned the technique being offered. The teacher provides the mechanical technique and fosters an environment where the child's individual spirit is free to express and develop itself. Setting up a rubric will help see visible signs of attempting each step. At the end of the program in May, we will ask the parents to evaluate if they believe their students' test scores in school have been elevated and if they believe the art classes helped improve their overall test scores in all subjects.The artistic goal of the project is to introduce participants to new art forms and increase their level of proficiency in the subject. Participants should enjoy the arts experience and leave the class feeling that they have a greater understanding of the art discipline. To evaluate success in meeting this goal, Hutchinson Center for the Arts will ask students to fill out exit surveys at the end of each class to gauge effectiveness of the class, determine future needs for arts education, and provide direction for future programs.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Hutchinson Center for the Arts had just moved into its larger facility in the fall of 2012, with a new Executive Director. This was the first educational program for her, and for our new space. We learned so many things about how to run a weekly program like this. Administration and communication challenges with these young teenagers was overcome by using more Facebook messaging and text messaging. Our instructors found new tricks for how to hold the attention of our students in our large open-floor space. We had to position walls to make sure that they would not be distracted when someone would come into the gallery space or if the phone would ring. We learned that soothing music while the students worked on a project would help drowned out some of the background distractions. Outside of admin logistics we found that these young people would attend other programs at The Center, greatly increasing the impact on our organization. Our monthly Open Mic Night has grown in middle school age attendees, and we credit that to these after school art lessons. We know that the impact of having weekly young people creating and learning different art forms allowed for other visitors and participants of The Center to see the potential of our young organization. Each time someone would comment on a piece that might be out drying, they were constantly astounded that we had such a program happening...we know that we are making a difference, and growing our arts community. As we previously stated, we know that the impact of having weekly young people creating and learning different art forms allowed for other visitors and participants of The Center to see the potential of our young organization. Each time someone would walk past The Center and would see the young people in class, they would ask about other opportunities that we have available. This word or mouth marketing was and is huge for us. We know that The Center can fill a hole that exists in arts opportunities for our young people. This after school program helped to show that we are making a difference, and growing our arts community.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Corey Stearns, Steve Glasser, Tom Wirt, Marc Vaillancourt, Heather Knorr, LuAnn Drazkowski, Dolf Moon, Joshua Schroeder, James Fahey,Kris Haag, Kim Koski, Mary Anne Kohls, Holly Dapper, Roman Bloemke, Careen Pierson
Project Overview
After School Art Lessons
Project Details
After School Art Lessons.
Project Manager
First Name
Cindy
Last Name
Ludewig
Organization Name
Hutchinson Center for the Arts
Street Address
15 Franklin St SW PO Box 667
City
Hutchinson
State
MN
Zip Code
55350
Phone
(320) 587-7278
Email
director@hutchinsonarts.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