Art Project Legacy

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
City of Montevideo
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
February 2019
End Date
June 2020
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Art Project Legacy

Project Details

North Downtown Staircase Mural.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Georgette Jones: literature teacher, theatre actor, director, teacher; Anna Johanssen: fiber artist, art teacher, Remick Gallery board, president of Windom Women’s Investment group, treasurer of Cottonwood County Animal Rescue, officer of Cotton Quilters; Kristen Kuipers: musician, private lesson and K-12 classroom music instructor, theater, writing, volunteer with Jackson Center for the Arts; Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Michele Knife Sterner: theater actor, Southwest Minnesota State University 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; Scott Wessels: theater actor, director, writing, media, communications, board member for Green Earth Players; Brett Lehman: musician, social worker, 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

Anne Dybsetter: visual art, writing; John Ginocchio: music, education; Brett Lehman: musician, social worker, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Jane Nygaard: arts advocate; Michele Knife Sterner: theater actor, Southwest Minnesota State University associate director for Access Opportunity Success program, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Tom Wirt: visual art.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Nicole DeBoer (507) 537-1471

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

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The goal of this project is to instill the arts into the community and public life in our region. We hope to increase the number of people who are aware of public art projects in Montevideo, and to grow their appreciation for these types of projects. We hope to create a social media buzz, which will attract attention to public art projects and ideas in Montevideo. We will distribute a paper survey and conduct interviews at the project site to get feedback on the project. We will ask questions such as “What do you think about the painted staircase?” and “What other public art projects would you like to see?” We will post-on Facebook and track number of views and shares. We will use a survey monkey survey and link this to our Facebook page. We will document the project with photographs and social media posts as it is being created. We will contact art and history teachers at the schools and invite their participation in the project and get their feedback. It is expected that these activities this will engage the youth in our community and also prevent future vandalism. We will use the data from the survey and interviews, survey monkey and Facebook reply at our Montevideo Arts Project committee meetings to help determine the next project. We hope that outreach to the schools create a deeper investment by all the students into their community.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
City of Montevideo
Street Address
103 Canton Ave PO Box 517
Zip Code
(320) 269-6575
Administered By
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540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

(651) 539-2650 or toll-free (800) 866-2787
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114 3rd Street North, PO Box 55
Marshall, Minnesota 56258 

800-622-5284 or 507-537-1471
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