Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
New London Music Group
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
September 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Mille Lacs
Lac qui Parle
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
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

1. To reach an audience of 400-500 people with a high-quality day of musical performances. 2. To reach an audience of greater than 50 children for the children's performance. 3. To increase the diversity of ages represented by our audience. Specifically we will look to increase the percentage of our audience between the ages of 25-55. 4. To attract an audience with representation from at least 20 west central/ southwest Minnesota counties. 5. To partner with six community organizations who will support the festival through donations or volunteer efforts. 6. To have 70% or greater of our survey respondents rate the musical groups as good or excellent. 7. To have 70% or greater of survey respondents rate the musical variety as good or excellent.We will evaluate our project goals based upon ticket sales, a count of wristbands given out at the gate, and through an audience survey that will be conducted the day of the festival. Survey results from the 2013 New London Music Festival will be compared with those of surveys given in 2011 and 2012 to gauge whether our audience mix reflects our goal of diversifying age range served. Survey results will also tell us where our audience is coming from and how to best reach them in the future.

Measurable Outcome(s)

421 paid attendees, 100 free (15 and under), 26 comp tickets, 50 volunteers/vendors, 31 band members/artists. Audience members for at least 18 communities. Audience represented wide variety of ages and demographics. Survey respondents overwhelmingly rated the musical performances as either excellent or good. Survey respondents were most critical of the food options available but mostly listed them as satisfactory.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Jeff Vetsch, Nick Ventrella, Bill Gossman, Kristin Allen, Christa Otteson, Anne Dybsetter
Project Overview
Art Project Grant
Project Details
2013 New London Music Festival.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
New London Music Group
Street Address
PO Box 35
New London
Zip Code
(320) 212-4405
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board 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; Kathy Fransen: musician, certified clinical musician, founder and coordinator of Rhythm of the River music/art festival; 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; Emily Olson; musician, writing instructor; 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; Audrey Fuller: writer, arts advocate, tribal planner, grant writer.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Mark Bosveld: directed high school plays, musicals and community theater, former board member of Friends of the Orchestra, board member of Prairie Dance Alliance; Craig Edwards: potter, past board member for Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council, founder of New London Art Center, member of Kaleidoscope Artist Cooperative; Roberta Trooien: musician, professor, author; Jean Replinger: professor at Southwest Minnesota State University, professional musician, editor, board member for the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council; Beth Habicht: artist, retired orchestra teacher, member of the Great Plains String Quartet, steering committee and founding member of Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra; Christa Otteson: arts advocate, regional coordinator Minnesota Council for NonprofitsÆ central region; Kathy Fransen: musician, certified clinical musician, founder and coordinator of Rhythm of the River music/art festival; Randy Meyer; visual artist and farmer, former art teacher.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Greta Murray (507) 537-1471