Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Dassel-Cokato Community Education
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
April 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
"Arsenic and Old Lace"
Project Details
Theatre Production "Arsenic and Old Lace" at Dassel History Center.
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
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 produce a very high-quality production for the entire community to enjoy and take pride in. Also this year, in efforts to increase both our actor and audience bases, it is our goal to increase participation in community theatre both in terms of audience size and the number of people participating in the production itself. Our specific goals are to increase the number of people auditioning for our winter production by at least 20% (over last year's audition number of 9), the number of people helping behind the scenes by at least 20% (over last year's 5) and our audiences by at least 10% over last year. Community members will enjoy quality and affordable theatre right in their own backyard. This project will provide a forum for expression of local theatrical talents that is otherwise unavailable. Those participating in the production will develop a sense of pride for a job well done, those attending a performance will enjoy high quality entertainment at a low cost and those coming to our community will spend money on food, gas, etc.Number of people auditioning, number of people helping behind the scenes, and number of audience members, evaluations from those participating, comments from those attending performances and written reviews in the newspaper will help us evaluate the success of that goal.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project provided the opportunity for 14 adults in our community to participate in the cast, three of which were first time performers in our productions, including a recently retired local minister! We are constantly trying to increase both our actor

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Colleen Compton, Carolyn Hilje, David Metcalf, Deborah Moen, Ron Hungerford, Becky Hungerford, Bradley Moore, Thomas Nelson, Forest Amundson, Bob Gasch, Robert Kampa, Patti Kampa, Tim Gosswiller
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Dassel-Cokato Community Education
Street Address
PO Box D
Zip Code
Administered By
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St. Paul, MN 55104

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114 3rd Street North, PO Box 55
Marshall, Minnesota 56258 

800-622-5284 or 507-537-1471
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