Art Project Legacy

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
City of Granite Falls
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
September 2017
End Date
November 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Yellow Medicine
Project Overview

Art Project Legacy

Project Details

Riverside Voices

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; Pam Blake: retired art educator, visual artist, Tyler Arts Council, Lincoln County Art Fair, South Dakota Arts Educators Association, Southwest Minnesota Weaver's Guild; Michele Knife Sterner: theatre actor, SMSU Associate director for Access Opportunity Success program; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Joyce Aakre: visual arts, writing, Discover Dassel committee, Board member for Litchfield Community Education, Exhibit committee for Dassel Area Historical Society; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor SMSU; 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; Claire Swanson: visual arts, arts teacher, Meander Art Crawl Committee.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Reggie Gorter: music/theatre/SMAC Board; Jeff Iverson: music/theatre; Maureen Keimig: theatre; Paula Nemes: theatre; Janet Olney; visual art/SMAC Board; Kathy Schaefer: visual art/music; Alan Stage: theatre.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Working to educate how the creative process is done and that art is not just for artists but for the general public. We will know if we have reached this goal but engaging a variety of people in the project without an artistic background. An awareness of how art can connect community members together. We will know if we have met this goal through diversity within the project. The completion of this project should evoke conversations about art and community. One method of documentation will be done after the project is completed with another public meeting. Hearing what the project meant to individuals and recording their comments with a video and a written evaluation form. We will also document the entire process on social media. To help lead the discussion, guiding questions will be interjected by the project manager. For those who are not likely to share their opinions in a group setting there will also be surveys sent out to participating community members.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Public participation was much more than we expected. It started to get people to see art in a different way; it was nice to recognize public art for small towns. It brought people from different backgrounds to provide their opinion - a lot of collaborative work. It really became part of Granite Falls and wanted to see who was working on it - it became a talking piece.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved most of the proposed outcomes
Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Recipient Board Members
Cathy Anderson, Crystal Johnson, Mary Gillespie, Tamara Isfeld, Melanie Gatchell
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
City of Granite Falls
Street Address
641 Prentice St
Granite Falls
Zip Code
(320) 564-4244
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