Art Project Grant
ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage
All Souls Night goals are: To share and inspire affordable handmade and live spectacle traditions, which mirror extremes of contrasting seasons of life and encourage soulful creativity from all. To showcase multi-cultural diversity of art expression, reflecting changing demographics. To form a communal container in which to safely hold and process the gamut of joy, sorrow and gratitude for a subsequent sublimation into meaning-rich art and action. To honor the memories of those who have gone before, and model holistic and active imagination towards present and future beings of our planet. To highlight and reward artists who spark year-round observations of cosmic change in fun, original, profound ways! Physically counting increasing number/diversity in participants and attendees. Adding to our collection of nine years of amazing photos. Online and face-to-face recounting of spontaneous comments. We will try written evaluations again in 2017. Follow-ups with participants/observers to discuss event highs/lows, and ideas for possible improvements in following years. Active Facebook/website pages where engaged public can easy contact us with photos, stories, and offerings of their talents/suggestions. Capturing stories of travel from distant parts of Minnesota, the upper Midwest and beyond. Tracking related Twin Ports events that we inspire, and noting respect for cultural references/accuracy.
We maintained a diverse, intergenerational audience of ~500 for celebrating our 10th event, in spite of wintery weather. No safety issues or thefts were reported with a small stellar volunteer support staff. A good time was had by all with consistent door donations and T-shirt sales. The Duluth Art Institute rejoined us with a related community show, The Art of Grief, in the upper Steffl gallery opening at 4:00. Entertainment by local artists: Lyz Jaakola, Temple Rose Tribal Dancers, Alex Loch, Spin Collective, Renan Cruz We added a 17' skeleton marionette to activities in the Great Hall. The new body was added to the original skull and hands created for the first event in 2008 and suspended from an overhead beam, thanks to Mary Plaster's ARAC Career Development Grant. Virgil Maximus was raised in an opening ritual and danced to the after bands. The Funeral March was held indoors for the first time with the audience led downstairs to the train museum for the reading of Rotten Ideas. A giant skeleton whale from Minneapolis Barebones Halloween led the procession across the street to fire ceremonies. Rotten Ideas were burned along with a Guatemalan kite in front of the largest performance of the fire ceremony under the Library Pavilion. More ethnic traditions were represented in addition to the favorite Mexican Day of the Dead decorations and local food truck, Burrito del Norte. We also offered free European soul cakes. Other displays included: fall crafts from local schools, LBGTQIA suicide prevention, fair-trade folk art from Mexico, Monarch butterfly migration information and free milkweed seeds, and individual altars honoring recently passed individuals including social activists.
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Art Project Grant
All Souls Night 2017
Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; 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; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of Music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, former Children's Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artist, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Quentin Stille: student liaison, College Music Director at KUMD.
Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, former Children's Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artist, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Quentin Stille: student liaison, College Music Director at KUMD.
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Drew Digby (218) 722-0952