Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Council for Arts and Humanities Rock County AKA Carnegie Cultural Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
October 2011
End Date
February 2013
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

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

Our goal is to expose as many people of all ages as possible to good literature. The workshop and community reading projects are designed to broaden the base of people that are involved. Tying in the theme with Sioux land and the prairie will work to bring the focus of arts to nature lovers. Our overall goal is to educate all people in Rock County and the surrounding communities about the legacy and impact of the Great American Author Frederick Manfred. The multi-pronged, multi-generational approach we have developed is meant to touch all peoples' lives. Visual art, dramatic art, literature and nature appeal to a broad base of people. The goal of the Blue Mound Writers Series is to expose the public to talented writers and hear them read their work. The larger community will benefit by enriching the lives of friends and neighbors in fine arts. They will also benefit from hearing and seeing throughout the community about writing and Sioux land. The community will benefit by greater appreciation of where we are from and the great impact of Frederick Manfred.Reading Rocks the County: the public will be asked to submit an evaluation form at the end of the reading project; school educators will be surveyed following the event to ask for comments and suggestions on reading materials and student's reaction to the project. Manfred at the Palace: we will gauge the success of the project by the number of people who come to the event; these individuals will be asked to respond to a written survey. Manfred Birthday Celebration evening of readings by 6 selected authors: evaluation through written comments of readers and commentators. Remember Manfred: we will ask all visitors to the exhibit at the Rock County Fair to sign the guest book and comment on what they learned about Manfred or Sioux land. Blue Mound Writers Series: we will measure the success of the project by the number of people attending and the written evaluation of the artists involved in the projects (including winners of the writing contests). Drawing and Photography Workshops: written evaluations will be done by the participants and teachers; artistic evaluation will be done with the drawings at the exhibit held in conjunction with the Manfred exhibit in July; evaluation of the photography workshop will be done through written evaluations by the teachers and students; artistic evaluation of student's training will be done by the judges at the photo contest.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project re-introduced people in Southwest Minnesota to a great literary art of Frederick Manfred by using all forms of art Manfred writings on Siouxland and stories of its people and places brought renewed appreciation for great literature, fine art

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Jerry Deuschle, Margaret Mayer, Jane Wildung Lanphere, Linda Dummer, Berry Mann, Annabelle Frakes, Lynn Lopau, Connie Connell,Naidine Aanenson, Mark Wieneke, Grag Hoogeveen, Cindy Reverts, Doug Duncan
Project Overview
Frederick Manfred-Scribe of Sioux land, 2012: A Year of Celebration
Project Details
Thirteen different events and programs celebrating the 100th birthday anniversary of American author and Luverne native Frederick Manfred.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Council for Arts and Humanities Rock County AKA Carnegie Cultural Center
Street Address
1294 131st St
Zip Code
(507) 920-9466
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Mark Boseveld: theater director, board member of Friends of the Orchestra and Prairie Dance Alliance; Bob Dorlac: visual artist, professor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Craig Edwards: potter, founder of New London Art Center, member of Kaleidoscope Artist Cooperative; Roberta Trooien: musician, author, professor of composition and literature, choir director; Kurt Schulz: actor, writer, cofounder of the 4 Shadow Theatre Company, board member at Magnolia Musical Theatre Company; Paul Grupe: instrumental and vocal teacher at Jackson County Schools, theater/musical director at Jackson County Arts Guilds.
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.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed