Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,840
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Nordic Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
October 2014
End Date
January 2015
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,840
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,160
Direct expenses
$5,000
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The goal is to present high quality theater that provides cultural enrichment, expands community audience, and engages participants and audience alike. While live theater is inherently an ephemeral experience, our goal is a memorable performance that lasts beyond the moment -- to inform audience viewpoints -- by bringing a new perspective to understanding immigrants, past and present. Measurable outcomes include audience's reaction to the play itself, including the level of engagement in the final sing-along; attendance by community members who have heretofore not been at Nordic Center events; and the quality of dialog created in a talk-back about the artistic experience and immigration.The methods for measuring how well this project of fulfills goals and achieves its desired outcomes will be to observe and assess direct audience response to the performance; to evaluate all reviews; to tally tickets sold and guest book names provided, and to monitor guests' subsequent participation in Nordic Center programs and measure that economic impact; to record and evaluate audience feedback about the play experience during an interactive talk-back conducted immediately after the performance; to conduct self-evaluations of artists and administrators participating in the project in order to assess the project's impact, both on themselves and the perceived impact on their audience.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Of the 130 audience members, about one third were familiar faces from other Nordic Center activities. So we expanded our audience. More people learned about the Nordic Center; more community members were moved by our message.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Chris Susag, Kristbj┬░rg Eide, Stefan Guttormsson, Thomas Rebnord, Kathy Botten, Jeraldine Engeseth, Rosemary Guttormsson
Project Overview
Art Project Grant
Project Details
November 8, 2014 the Nordic Center will produce The Uprooting, a newly discovered history play that brings to life a meeting of young Norwegian farmers and craftsmen being enticed to immigrate to America in 1825 on the sloop Restoration. The enticer is Cleng Peerson, father of Norwegian Emigration. These immigrants, later known as The Sloopers, are ancestors to many Norwegians who later settled in Minnesota. Written nearly 100 years ago, but just recently found among the playwright's stored memorabilia, the script was translated, developed into a performance piece, and premiered before an audience of 300 at a Duluth Entertainment Convention Center convention, to a standing ovation and requests for more performances.
Project Manager
First Name
Kristbj┬░rg
Last Name
Eide
Organization Name
Nordic Center
Street Address
23 Lake Ave N
City
Duluth
State
MN
Zip Code
55802
Phone
(218) 393-7320
Email
krisnorway@q.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; Ken Bloom: Director of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; Catherine Meier: website designer, printmaker, drawer, animator; David Beard: Assistant Professor of University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Ashley Leek: student of Art Education at University of Minnesota-Duluth, ceramic artist, art educator; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; Ken Bloom: Director of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No