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Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Bird Island Cultural Centre
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
June 2018
End Date
September 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

Supporting artists and arts organizations in creating, producing and representing high-quality arts activities: 1) To have five professional local artists collaborate successfully on the creation of a design for a 34' x 8' mural. 2) To engage at least ten community adults to participate in the mural painting over ten work days. 3) To engage at least twenty community youth (at least 15% Hispanic [3]) to participate in the mural project over ten work days. 4) To encourage bystander observation of the mural painting process by at least 85 bystanders over ten work days. 5) To create a 30-minute video of the design and implementation of the mural project. At the end of the three design phase sessions, each artist will complete an evaluation form to document the collaboration success by rating the following aspects (rate each 1-5, with comments): ease of self-expression, degree inputs were valued, freedom of brain storming process, adequate time allowed, adequate designation of roles, and satisfaction with final design, also space for suggested improvements. See evaluation tool below. Centre staff will monitor daily attendance of participants and bystanders and will record the numbers. A video will be produced to be shown at the Lighting Ceremony Event.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Goal #1: There were originally 5 artists selected who wanted to participate. One artist took seriously ill and was not able to participate at all. A second artist attended 2 design planning meetings, but did not participate further. A recent High School art class graduate was approached and she enthusiastically participated which allowed for 4 mural artists. Goal #2: Five (goal=10) community adults participated in the mural painting and one took pictures (out of 50 engaged, remainder were bystanders). If the mural painting had taken the full 10 days, the goal may have been achieved. Goal #3: Twenty-seven (goal=20) community youth participated in the mural project (out of 30 engaged, remainder were bystanders). There were no Hispanic youth (goal 15% [3]) that participated. If the painting had lasted 2 weeks, it would have allowed for more effort to be put into having neighboring Hispanic family youth participate in the painting. Goal #4: Forty-eight bystanders (45 adults, 3 children) observed the mural over the first week, if the painting had lasted another week the goal of 85 bystanders may have been reached. Goal #5: A 51-minute video was created documenting the design and implementation of the mural. Also, a supplemental 12.5-minute video of the artist panel discussion at the Lighting Ceremony was included. Although only 2 of the 5 proposed goals were completely achieved, there was significant progress on the remaining 3 and the organizational and community impacts were everything that could have been hoped for.

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

Other,local or private

Recipient Board Members
Rosemary Glesener, Paul Heyl, Mark Glesener, Gene Wenstrom, Don Orth, Chuck Brown
Project Overview

Art Project Legacy

Project Details

Bird Island Cultural Centre Mural.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Bird Island Cultural Centre
Street Address
PO Box 434
Bird Island
Zip Code
(320) 365-1011
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; Lisa Hill: musician, Crow River Singers, attorney; 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

Craig Edwards: visual art; Kathy Fransen: music, theater, SMAC Board; Jeff Iverson: music, theater, teacher; Jane Lanphere: arts organizations; Eileen O'Keefe: nonprofits, visual art; Claire Swanson: visual art, art teacher; Sheila Tabaka: theater.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed