Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,150
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Mesabi Community Orchestra AKA Mesabi Symphony Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,150
Other Funds Leveraged
$8,074
Direct expenses
$11,224
Administration costs
$320
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The goals of this project are to create a moving and memorable audience experience, and to expand the audience for orchestra concerts in northern Minnesota. Measurable short-term outcomes include (1) establishing close, cooperative relationships with participating choirs; (2) drawing audiences of 300 or more at each concert; (3) positive comments in audience surveys; and (4) meeting budget. Longer-range outcomes for this project include a thriving arts scene on the Iron Range, greater interest in the study of music in our schools, growing audiences for orchestra concerts, and growing financial support for Mesabi Community Orchestra. The Mesabi Symphony Orchestra board tracks concert attendance on an ongoing basis. Financial results will be collected and evaluated at a board meeting. Mesabi Symphony Orchestra will survey the audience, using either written survey forms inserted in programs or brief, in-person interviews. Mesabi Symphony Orchestra will also seek input from the directors of participating choirs and conduct an online survey of participating choir members. Comments and suggestions from interviews and surveys will be used in planning for future large-scale collaborations. The board will track orchestra size and composition, audience size, and financial support over time through DataArts to determine whether the measurable long-term outcomes are being met.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The goals of this project were to create a moving and memorable audience experience, and to expand the audience for orchestra concerts in northern Minnesota. Measurable short-term outcomes included (1) establishing close, cooperative relationships with participating choirs; (2) drawing audiences of 300 or more at each concert; (3) positive comments in audience surveys; and (4) meeting budget. Longer-range outcomes for this project included a thriving arts scene on the Iron Range, greater interest in the study of music in our schools, growing audiences for orchestra concerts, and growing financial support for MSO. Evaluation was conducted by the MSO board. We are thrilled with the relationship we achieved with the University of Wisconsin-Superior choirs and orchestra, and believe it will bear fruit in the years ahead. We fell short of the goal of drawing audiences of 300 or more at each concert. If we had been able to partner with choirs on the Iron Range, we might have been able to draw a larger audience that included friends and families of choir members. This is one of the tradeoffs that came with choosing an out-of-town choir to partner with. On the other hand, by presenting a concert in Superior, we were able to draw an audience from the Twin Ports, many of whom have not attended MSO performances on the Iron Range. This may have a positive impact on audience sizes in the future. We did not conduct audience surveys, so have not been able to measure the third outcome. We did, however, conduct a survey of orchestra members. The budget was adjusted because of the collaboration with UWS. The adjusted budget was met, and cash outlays were lower than projected. The longer range outcomes have not been measured yet.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Lynn Evenson, Karen McManus, Jan Carey, Ben Johnson, Benjamin Nilles, Sheila Wilcox, Erik Honkanen, Angela Byram, Aaron Kelson, Charles Zeugner
Project Overview

Art Project Grant

Project Details

Concert collaboration celebrating Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday

Project Manager
First Name
Sarah
Last Name
Antanies
Organization Name
Mesabi Community Orchestra AKA Mesabi Symphony Orchestra
Street Address
PO Box 600
City
Virginia
State
MN
Zip Code
55792
Phone
(218) 365-3228
Email
karjack@frontiernet.net
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

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.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

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.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Yes
Conflict of Interest Contact

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Drew Digby (218) 722-0952