Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Big Stone Arts Council
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
October 2012
End Date
October 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Big Stone
Lac qui Parle
Yellow Medicine
Otter Tail
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The goals of this project are: to introduce, instruct and inspire the literature genre of personal story telling, to increase Big Stone Arts Council and workshop awareness and participation and to build on the workshop experience of last year. This half day lecture/discussion and one and a half day workshop supports Big Stone Arts Council's mission to develop and promote the arts in Big Stone Lake area by providing our rural residents with an exceptional arts learning experience that they would not have access to otherwise in this region.A written participant survey will ask for feedback on whether the participant is receiving valuable information, tools and experience in the art of storytelling. A felt quilt board will allow participants to express their level of understanding as they answer particular questions through color patches that vary in color intensity as the day and workshop proceeds, allowing us to gauge success of the teacher and teachings/activities during the experience, rather than waiting for the end survey. In this way the participant will have an active effect on their experience as we encourage discussion of the quilt. Oral feedback will also be encouraged during breaks, etc. A guest book registration will reflect visitor numbers and contact info for after care. Building success will be measured by returning guests, both from last year and after Friday night's free event. We will also ask what topics they would like to further explore in the arts.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This event for us was defined as a high profile regional identity event. It is events such as this one that will attract people to our community who have never been here before. Three of the people who attended the writer's workshop expressed an interest

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Liz Rackl, Kristi Delage, Rob Rakow, Deb Larson, Don Sherman, Neva Foster, Erlys Sis
Project Overview
Mythic Writing: Exploring Your Personal Story
Project Details
Mythic Writing: Exploring Your Personal Story Workshop by Dennis Slattery.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Big Stone Arts Council
Street Address
PO Box 41 61 Dahle Ave
Zip Code
(320) 487-1001
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Kate Aydin: Spanish instructor for 25 years, board member for the Lincoln County Pioneer Museum and Hendricks Community Foundation and Norwegian Heritage Committee; Cheri Buzzeo: production manager, Willmar Community Theatre, board member at Willmar Area Arts Council; Luanne Fondell: musician, coordinator for Dawson Boyd Arts Association, former board member at Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council; Mary Jane Mardesen: author, theater director, speech/theater/English instructor at Minnesota West Community and Technical College; Sydney Massee: artist, quilter, theatre assistant, community organization activist, board member for Lac qui Parle Valley Schools; Verna Patrick: retired music educator, member of the Willmar Area Symphony Orchestra and Pens and Brushes writing club; Ron Porep: coordinator, Milan Village Arts School.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Deb Larson: artist, project manager for Art Meander, Vice President of Big Stone Arts Council; Paul Grupe: instrumental and vocal teacher at Jackson County Schools, theater/musical director at Jackson County Arts Guilds; Jane Link: artist, board member at Milan Village Arts School and the Greater Milan Initiative; Marilee Strom: former K-12 art teacher, co owner of First Floral-Hallmark, hand bell choir member; Connie Feig: board member at the Willmar Area Arts Council and Minnesota Gerontological Society; Paula Nemes: Vice President of the Marshall Area Stage Company, musician, community theater participant, Lyon County arts organizations activist; Kurt Schulz: actor, writer, cofounder of the 4 Shadow Theatre Company, board member at Magnolia Musical Theatre Company; Susan Marco: author, English and creative writing teacher at Dassel-Cokato High School, Fine Arts Committee member at Dassel-Cokato Public Schools; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, board member at the Prairie Music Association and the Prairie Oasis Players; Ellen Copperud: retired teacher of language arts, literary arts activist, coach, and event organizer, board member at the Historic Dayton House, liberal arts advisory board member at Minnesota West Community College; Dan Wahl: visual artist, musician, author, community theater participant, adjunct instructor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University, art instructor for the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council; Tamara Isfeld: visual artist, art teacher for Renville County West Schools, planning committee member for Meander - Upper Minnesota River Valley Art Crawl, 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 of Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County, planning committee member for Art Rocks in Luverne, owner of Playing in the Mud Studio, arts festival organizer; Sydney Massee: artist, quilter, theatre assistant, community organization activist, board member for Lac qui Parle Valley Schools; Patricia Enger: visual artist, musician, gallery technician and curator for the William Whipple Gallery at Southwest Minnesota State University, exhibit curator for Fallen Angel Gallery; Randy Meyer: artist, farmer, art teacher for local and home schools, treasurer for the First Lutheran Church, board member for Lac qui Parle Mutual Insurance Company; Kate Aydin: Spanish instructor for 25 years, board member for the Lincoln County Pioneer Museum and Hendricks Community Foundation and Norwegian Heritage Committee.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed