Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Rhythm of the River
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
June 2012
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Jackson
Cottonwood
Nobles
Martin
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
$5,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$13,302
Direct expenses
$18,302
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

1. To encourage and provide an annual community event that offers a variety of music genres and art in an outdoor setting. 2. To expose festival attendees to new music, singer/songwriters and style of music which they have been unable to hear locally while giving artists an opportunity to share, display and showcase their materials. 3. To gather friends, family and neighbors in a multigenerational setting that celebrates the beauty of the city of Jackson and the multicultural heritage that brings them together. 4. To maintain financial stability and to continue to allow festival goers free admission to the event. 5. To promote Jackson as a destination for an enjoyable and well managed annual festival.We look for a variety of criteria in evaluating. First and foremost is public input. All of the participating artists are also encouraged to provide us with feedback. A second criterion is the size and demographics of the audience. A third is how the event turned out financially. We continually seek feedback from all attendees throughout the weekend and in the days following the event. Much of the feedback is one on one between committee members and people they see around the community. Local business people and the sponsoring businesses are also asked what they have heard from their customers. We have also found that it has been easier to maintain previous sponsors if they sense they have input in the event. In addition, we monitor and respond to all comments and concerns on our face book page, or in emails.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The festival this year was the most energetic and diverse to date. New organizational skills, advertising formats and public relation skills were used and evaluated along with the addition of the Siouxland Renaissance Association. Rhythm of the River work

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Kathy Fransen, Mike Schwartz, Paul Jones, Jeff Sauter, Laura Syverson, Marcia Elsbecker, susan Reiter, Deb Isaacson, Bridget Kolander Gilbert, Linda Handevidt, Gayle Handevidt, Ann Steohenson, Tony Legnani
Project Overview
Rhythm of the River
Project Details
6th Annual Rhythm of the River.
Project Manager
First Name
Paul
Last Name
Jones
Organization Name
Rhythm of the River
Street Address
PO Box 84
City
Jackson
State
MN
Zip Code
56143
Phone
(507) 847-2589
Email
rhythmoftheriver@yahoo.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board 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; 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; Sydney Massee: artist, quilter, theatre assistant, community organization activist, board member for Lac qui Parle Valley Schools; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, founding member and president of Hutchinson Center for the Arts; Melanie Loy: artist, orchestra teacher Independent School District 518, member of the Great Plains String Quartet, steering committee and founding member of Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra; Joshua Schroeder: member of Hutchinson Public Arts Commission, board member for Crow River Arts.
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
No