Art Project Legacy

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$15,936
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Lac qui Parle County Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
May 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Lac qui Parle
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$15,936
Other Funds Leveraged
$3,984
Direct expenses
$19,920
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The project goals are to have many people learn more about Robert Bly's work and life, and to feel interested and perhaps connected to him and his work. Our hope is also to have people get curious about a famous man from their own community who wrote about Lac qui Parle County and was inspired by it; and they might do this too. Also, we want to encourage people to try out reading poetry aloud, telling stories in public and writing their own pieces about their lives here in Lac qui Parle County. 1) Keep track of the number of adults and children who attend each event. 2) Have questionnaires for those who attend to fill out. 3) Count the number of people who submit writings to the writing contest. 4) Count the number of people who are interviewed on videotape. 5) Count the number of people who read a poem/writing aloud at a public event. 6) Count the number of people who tell live Bly stories at a public event. 7) Count the number of people who add their names to the History Center mailing list. 8) Tally up the responses on the questionnaires.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We had almost 300 people visit the Bly Study and/or attend the September 8, 2016 event promoting the project. Susan Armington made presentations to 99 students in Dawson/Boyd School and Lac qui Parle Valley High School. There were 97 entries in the writing contest, 18 interviews collected, and 124 people from all over Minnesota attended the May 28, 2017 open house event. Between the two events, 12 people read poetry or shared stories about Robert Bly. Everyone who filled out the questionnaire felt this project was very well done and shared the talent of the artist in a new and interesting way. They would like to see us continue to do projects like this in the future.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Fred Eckhardt, Robert Glomstad, Beth Westby, Barb Tarcza, Ruth Solem, Rolland Moen
Project Overview
Art Project Legacy
Project Details
Encountering Robert Bly: Art, Stories, and Poems
Project Manager
First Name
Barb
Last Name
Redepenning
Organization Name
Lac qui Parle County Historical Society
Street Address
250 8th Ave S
City
Madison
State
MN
Zip Code
56256
Phone
(302) 598-7678
Email
lqphistorycenter@lqpco.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Georgette Jones: literature teacher, theatre actor/director/teacher; 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 of Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Susan Marco: writer, former High School 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; Anne O'Keefe-Jackson: Human Resources Director, bead and quill work; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County; Brett Lehman: Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association; Reggie Gorter: vocalist, theatre, voice/dance teacher; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Scott Tedrick: journalist, Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization, theatre director/actor.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Bill Gossman: visual artist, musician; Georgette Jones: literature teacher, theatre actor/director/teacher; Maureen Keimig: actor, theater director; Mary Pieh: musician.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Yes
Conflict of Interest Contact
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Greta Murray (507) 537-1471