Art Project Legacy

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Pioneer Public Television
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2015
End Date
October 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Big Stone
Lac qui Parle
Yellow Medicine
Big Stone
Lac qui Parle
Yellow Medicine
Project Overview
Art Project Legacy
Project Details
Creative Placemaking in Appleton
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Kathy Fransen: musician, theatre, Rhythm of the River coordinator; Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Kate Aydin: retired educator; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Marshall Area Stage Company; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Susan Marco: writer, former HS English/creative writing teacher; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Brett Lehman: Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association; Reggie Gorter: vocalist, theatre, voice/dance teacher; Scott Tedrick: journalist, Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization, theatre director/actor.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Mike Hulsizer: actor/theatre director; Deb Larson: visual artist; Reggie Gorter: vocalist, theatre, voice/dance teacher; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Marshall Area Stage Company; Kathy Schaefer: musician, photographer, Southwest Minnesota State University business professor; Judy Marquardt: visual artist, theatre.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Recruit at least 50 cast members for this production including people of color and newcomers to town who are seeking connection. Draw a crowd of at least 400 people to attend the performance, with over half being from Appleton. Coalesce a core group of at least 7 community art stewards who will carry the energy and creativity of the performance forward for an encore performance at the All School Reunion. Produce at least one web based video from this project that garners at least 1,000 views by October 2016. Form a community advisory board to plan a calendar of arts based activities on Appleton’s Main Street, at the library, historic Opera House, ‘52 Wing, band shelter, and restored bathhouse on the Pomme de Terre River. Collaborate on an ongoing basis with PlaceBase Productions to help bring the site specific theater approach to more communities in southwestern and western Minnesota. PlaceBase Productions has experience in using creative ways to get audience members to turn in their evaluations of the play so we can expect that similar techniques will be used for this play. We will also measure the number of mass emails that get opened that we send out about the play, the number of views on our posts about the play on Facebook, the number of visits to the web site and the number of newspapers and radio stations that run press releases about the play. We will be recording the play and creating short web based videos from it and we will count the number of views and shares of those videos. We will also be able to use these videos to verify crowd counts for the performance.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Independent evaluator Rachel Engh was hired to conduct an evaluation of the program which involved a survey that we asked the audience to fill out. 17 artists and 90 audience members filled out the survey. 83% would like to see the Historic Opera House and '52 Wing used as Regional Performance Venues. All participant respondents and 87% of audience respondents are likely to attend other arts events at the '52 Wing or Historic Opera House. The great majority of survey respondents feel more connected to Appleton after being part of the production.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Pat Kubly, Craig Wilkening, Julie Bleyhl, Julie Rath, Chuck Grussing, Roxanne Hayenga, Jacqueline Johnson, Mark Olson, Liz Struve, Linda Wing, Dan Olsen, Holly Witt, Chuck Myrbach, Cindy Bigger, David Fluegel, Jim Thoreen, Steve Jones, Mona Gregersen, Phil Corrigan
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Pioneer Public Television
Street Address
120 Schlieman Ave W
Zip Code
(320) 289-2622
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