Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,604
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Big Stone Arts Council
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
January 2014
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Big Stone
Otter Tail
Clay
Hennepin
Douglas
Todd
Swift
Ramsey
Lyon
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 Education

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,604
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,495
Direct expenses
$4,099
Administration costs
$0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The number of persons participating will have increased over past years. And we will grow the writing skills of participants through a quality workshop lead by Judy Wilson.1. Tabulate the number of area writers who attended the workshop and determine the percentage of the total who benefitted from having to not travel a great distance. 2. Construct and use an assessment tool (pre-survey and post-survey) that addresses the specific writing techniques and publishing tools and resources Dr. Wilson plans to present. Use the information to determine of the goals were met and report on that data. 3. Construct and use an assessment survey that determines the goals of the next workshop plus any other information to determine the success of the workshop.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The pre-survey showed that 14 participants said yes/mostly yes to feeling comfortable/successful utilizing the 9 listed skills. 12 participants said “no/mostly no” to utilizing the skills, and 4 participants split the “yes” and “no.” One might read that as over half already knew and used the listed skills, but that’s too subjective to feel strongly about. However, from that information and from talking with the participants and the participants talking with Judy individually, we know there were many accomplished writers at the workshop. We also know that a future workshop would need to address the range of abilities of the participants. We also learned that half the participants learned about the event from direct invitation or word of mouth, 8 read about it in a newspaper, 6 learned about it online or from email, and 2 saw our posters. The participants’ preference for registering included the following: 16 for online, 2 for calling, 7 for email, and 4 for snail mail. Preference for paying included the following: online 11, US mail 13, at the door 5, and does not matter 2. The level of writing included the following: aspiring 13, emerging 9, and published 5. Some did not indicate. The post-survey also told us that 17 participants were from within 60 mile radius and 11 came from a farther distance. There was 100% approval of the location and work space of the workshop. 23 people liked the annual workshops and 2 would like them every two years. The majority liked the weekend schedule and 4 people wanted just a one day workshop. 28 wanted to be alerted about future arts workshops and nearly 100% said the best parts were the presenter and the location. People suggested changing how the Saturday lunch was ordered, more individual interaction, more time, more time for questions and answers, hear others read, mix up the participants, and a couple suggested not meeting on Sunday. Future topics for workshops included the following: writing a novel, more on publishing, writing a blog/web, poetry, creating the manuscript, writing nonfiction, get work critiqued, and writing and publishing children’s books. We will use these ideas to improve future workshops.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Becky Parker, Patty Haukos, Jim Foster, Elaine Gable, Adrienne Stattleman, Krista Hartman, Rob Rakow
Project Overview
Lakeside Writers Weekend
Project Details
Lakeside Writers Weekend
Project Manager
First Name
Becky
Last Name
Parker
Organization Name
Big Stone Arts Council
Street Address
61 Dahle Ave PO Box 42
City
Ortonville
State
MN
Zip Code
56278
Phone
(320) 760-9491
Email
bigstonearts@gmail.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
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; Janet Olney: artist, coordinator for Willmar Area Arts Council, founding member of Kaleidoscope Gallery; 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
Craig Edwards: potter, past board member for Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council, founder of New London Art Center, member of Kaleidoscope Artist Cooperative; Maggie Harp: musician, music teacher, active member of New London arts and theatre community; 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; Roberta Trooien: musician, professor, author; Dan Wahl: visual artist, musician, participant in community theater productions, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Vice President of Marshall Area Stage Company.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Yes
Conflict of Interest Contact
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Greta Murray (507) 537-1471