Art Project Legacy

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
City of Appleton
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
February 2018
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lac qui Parle
Big Stone
Lac qui Parle
Big Stone
Project Overview

Art Project Legacy

Project Details

Appleton '52 Wing Collage Mural.

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, 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; Emily Petersen: visual artist, art teacher; David KelseyBassett: visual artist, musician; 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; Erica Volkir: performing arts, Director of Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB; Claire Swanson: visual arts, arts teacher, Meander Art Crawl Committee.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Joyce Aakre: visual art, writing; Mark Brodin: music, theatre, film; Maureen Keimig: theatre; Kristine Leuze: visual art; Joyce Meyer: visual art, education; Kathy Schaefer: music, visual art; John Voit: music, 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)

1) Supporting artists and arts organizations in creating, producing and presenting high- quality arts activities: The implementation of this project will provide funding directly to artists who will each create a portion of the mural. 2) Overcoming barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities: This project will provide access for artists to engage in a visual public art project in Appleton. Although there is a local art club, no visual arts programming currently exists to engage community members or local artists in public art in this community. 3) Instilling the arts into the community and public life in our region: The project implementation will create an art based community asset that will be appreciated regularly when people drive by or attend an event at the '52 Wing. 4) Supporting high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for residents of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts: This project will engage artists in the development and application of their own skills as part of a public art project. We intend to survey a variety of groups to determine the perceptions about the improvement and to gain suggestions for other community locations that could support public art. Surveys will be conducted with the City Council, Martinson Foundation, Appleton Community Foundation, and other local donors for this project. They will be asked if they believe their contribution resulted in a positive community improvement and if they would be receptive to funding future projects. They will also be asked for suggestions for other public art projects. A community survey will be made available on the city website and handed out to members attending the grand opening event asking for an evaluation of the beatification efforts and its value to residents.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We supported artists directly by engaging 12 different artists in a collaborative visual public art project that will be easily accessible to all people. The project allowed for artists to work together on a final project and many had never collaborated with any other artists before. It also created an opportunity to stretch their artistic skills in a way they hadn’t before. Some artists were graphic designers, others used different mediums but in the end they all had creative license to create a reproduction of an image using the same set of tools and parameters and the results were incredibly unique. Several artists reported that this project inspired them to work on other art projects or brush up on new skills. As part of the grant we surveyed the artists and the public. 94% of the public said it was fantastic and 88% said it added great value to Appleton. Artists also were enthused about the project and its impact.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved proposed outcomes.
Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Recipient Board Members
Kerry Kolke-Bonk, Dawn hegland, April Ehrenberg, Sydney Massee, Leslie Ehrenberg, Roman Fidler
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
City of Appleton
Street Address
323 Schlieman Ave W
Zip Code
(320) 413-0492
Administered By
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