Art Project Grant
ACHF Arts Access
Due to the rural, out state location of Windom and the more limited availability and access of residents to locally see a high quality humanities performance of this caliber, the objectives for the performance are: 1) To expand access and to successfully promote and host a high quality humanities-centered innovative arts performance at the Business, Arts and Recreation Center Auditorium that will help school-aged youth and area residents develop a more meaningful understanding of the human struggles and tragedy that evolved from the Titanic sinking in the North Atlantic a century ago and how it affected the world. A. Have at least 400 high school students and teachers attend and gain a historical consciousness of actual characters through a 45-minute afternoon lyceum presentation of the Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic one-woman show by actress/singer Deborah Jean Templin. B. Attendance of at least 200 adults and 35 youth for the 90-minute evening presentation to gain an understanding through drama, stories, and music from the early 1900’s era, and how lives were impacted in the Titanic tragedy. C. Ushers will hand out a short half-page survey to all adults and youth over age 12 with a 10% return from the afternoon performance and a 20% return of the attendees from the evening performance collecting input on demographic, performance quality and future programming ideas. 2) Promote and build on the on-going positive relationships between BARC and local partnering organizations that support the arts. A. Seek out and work with at least four organizations in a collaborative effort for sharing in the many promotion and detailed authentic aspects of the Unsinkable Women Titanic historical project. B. Have two meetings with each partner to explore and establish promotion and activity options and responsibilities prior to the performance. C. After compiling a report of the promotion and publicity activities completed after the two presentations, have one follow-up evaluation meeting with each partner to share and discuss the collected information.The project’s achievement will be measured in four ways: 1. A report of the number of attendees for each performance will be compiled along with a financial statement of the project to see if the objectives originally set were met. 2. A report compiling all of the many promotional activities completed by each partner will be recorded for follow-up discussion meetings to be held. Partner comments/suggestions will also be collected. 3. The half-page survey will be tallied reflecting the audience’s demographics and input on the performance. 4. The reports and survey tally will be taken to the November Special Events committee for their discussion and opinion for achieving the pre-set goals.
Surveys and interviews were conducted with students and evening performance participants. Follow-up meetings with partner organizations have been completed. A 45 minute lyceum performance was attended by 186 high school (7 - 12 grade) students from two school districts. Attendees commented that they felt they were at a "Broadway" show and that the artist, Deborah Jean Templin, was "extremely talented" and requested similar shows in the future.
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