Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,375
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Duluth All Souls Night
Status
Completed
Start Date
September 2015
End Date
January 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Carlton
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
$3,375
Other Funds Leveraged
$3,075
Direct expenses
$6,450
Administration costs
$150
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

All Souls Night's goal is to share and inspire handmade and live spectacle traditions, which mirror the extremes of the contrasting seasons of life and encourage creativity from all. Change is constant and inevitable in an evolving Universe and we provide a communal container in which to safely hold and process the gamut of joy, sorrow and gratitude for a subsequent sublimation into meaning-rich art and action. We want to spark year-round Twin Ports activities that observe these cycles in fun, original, profound ways, and also employ artists! We desire to honor the memory of those who have gone before, and model a holistic and active imagination towards the present and the future beings of our planet. The number of our participants and new attendees has increased every year, which indicates that we are doing most things right! Spontaneous comments for the most part express sincere gratitude for offering alternatives to Hollywood versions of Halloween. We conduct casual follow-up meetings with participants and observers for feedback to discuss the highs and lows of the event, and possible improvements for following years. We have an active Facebook page and a website page where the public can easy contact us to offer their talents and suggestions. Past feedback has been very positive and folks who have taken the time to approach us usually want to be involved in the following years.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Duluth All Souls Night collaborative of artists were paid for their considerable efforts creating the 2015 event. We were filled to capacity inside and out with more space allotted to us in the Depot. No one was turned away for lack of funds. Much of our artwork feature affordable materials transformed by creativity. Crowds visibly appreciated our artistic offerings of music, face painting, poetry, art displays, dancing, singing, stilt-walking, giant puppetry, fire-spinning. Participants of all ages and backgrounds contributed artwork, displays, rotten ideas, poetry, dancing and creativity with face paint/costumes. The gamut of human emotions were publicly expressed and accepted. Energy was transformed from grief to gratitude, compassion and desire for social justice.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Kat Livadaros, Kathy Hermes, Christine Strom, Peter Spooner, Julie Ahasay, Lane Ellis, Scot Bol, Esther Piszczek, Denise Hooper, Joellyn Rock
Project Overview
Art Project Grant
Project Details
All Souls Night 2015. All Souls Night is an annual Twin Ports fall arts festival held in and around the Duluth Depot and Public Library. Community preparations begin October with creative activities for ALL ages and backgrounds, leading to a November evening indoor/outdoor spectacle and extravaganza. Whimsical skeleton imagery acknowledges global inspirations which honor all life, especially the memory of our ancestors. They are also a humorous reminder to make our time count. ALL are welcomed to co-create and enjoy collective celebration. Visual and performing artists mesmerize with theme-related works of art, music, dance, and poetry; encouraging ALL to join with imaginative prose, costumes and displays.
Project Manager
First Name
Mary
Last Name
Plaster
Organization Name
Duluth All Souls Night
Street Address
2737 Russell Rd
City
Duluth
State
MN
Zip Code
55810
Phone
(218) 310-6289
Email
dasn@maryplaster.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; David Beard: Assistant Professor 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; 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, Shannon Sweeney: stage manager for Duluth Playhouse and former production manager for the Minnesota Ballet; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior.
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; David Beard: Assistant Professor University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; 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; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Conflict of Interest Contact
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Robert DeArmond (218) 722-0952