Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Business, Arts and Recreation Center AKA Business, Arts and Recreation Center of Windom
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
October 2012
End Date
November 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

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.

Measurable Outcome(s)

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.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Mary Ann Anderson, Millie Blackstadt,Nathan Busch, Bob Davis, Bruce Gentry, Cheryl Hanson, John Holt, Sharon Jenniges, Jack Kelly, Jackie Jurgens, Bob Lindaman, Dan Ortmann, Darris Snelling, Marty Davis
Project Overview
Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic
Project Details
Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Business, Arts and Recreation Center AKA Business, Arts and Recreation Center of Windom
Street Address
PO Box 123 1012 5th Ave
Zip Code
(507) 831-1380
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