Minnesota's Legacy

Artist in Residency

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,500
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Talahi Elementary School AKA Talahi Community School
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Status
Completed
Start Date
February 2016
End Date
March 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Stearns
Sherburne
Stearns
Sherburne
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Cultural Heritage

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,500
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$3,500
Administration costs
$500
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This production will have a number of children playing a variety of roles. They will be interacting with each other in working toward a common goal of putting on a play. They will learn how to make props and backgrounds. A major outcome of this play will be that Talahi children from 14 different ethnic groups will be coming together in roles that are so different from real life. The best evaluation of this project will be the final production. It is here where all of the practice work for the roles will come together. Also, the in depth work in putting together scenes and costumes will be brought at this moment.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The basic outcome for this project was for a number of students to participate in the production of the Wizard of Oz. It was a very pleasant surprise to see how many of these students took on roles they never “dreamed” they could do. For example to see a young lad playing the role of the Tin Man with all of his special moves was great. What was especially moving was to see the Somalia children taking on drama roles they had not done before in their lives. This was a new experience for many of them. Drama is not something that is part of their culture. It was special to see these students who for the majority were Islamic not doing something that would be just assumed to take place in a drama. For example these students are not allowed to bow and instead had to wave to people. This was a learning experience for the teachers and all concerned. What made this experience also remarkable was the growth of the students as they took on roles they had not done before. To show anger and humor in new formats was something to see for these students. We saw much emotional growth in our students.

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Al Dahlgre, Debra Erickson, Les Green, Bruce Hentges, Bruce Mohs, Jerry Von Korff, Dennis Whipple
Project Overview
Artist in Residency
Project Details
The Wizard of Oz Comes to Talahi
Project Manager
First Name
John
Last Name
Bowden
Organization Name
Talahi Community School
Street Address
1321 University Dr SE
City
St Cloud
State
MN
Zip Code
56304
Phone
(320) 251-7551
Email
jmbowden23@yahoo.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Janice Courtney: Arts Adviser/Assistant Director of the St Cloud State University Program Board, arts advocate; Linda Brobeck: visual artist, owner of Crow River North, LLC, has served on a number of non-profit boards; Al Hams: Founder of Al's Music, author, served on a number of Boards of Directors; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of St Benedict/St John's University Fine Arts Series; Doug Lien: watercolorist, member of the Central Minnesota Watercolorists, Community Education Art Class instructor; Ken Barry: blues musician, Victorian photographer, Nuclear Engineer; Mark Nelson: public school music teacher, choral director, community theatre director, voice lessons instructor, American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Board Member; Justin Lewandowski: music advocate, promoter and booking agent, writer, actor, volunteer for a number of organizations.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Janice Courtney: Arts Adviser, Assistant Director of the St Cloud State University Program Board, arts advocate; Linda Brobeck: Minnesota visual artist, owner of Crow River North, LLC, serves on a number of non-profit boards; Al Hams: Founder of Al's Music, author, has served on a number of Boards of Directors; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of St Benedict/St John's University Fine Arts Series; Doug Lien: Watercolorist, Member of the Central Minnesota Watercolorists, Community Education Art Class instructor; Ken Barry: blues musician, Victorian photographer, printer, Nuclear Engineer; Mark Nelson: public school music teacher, choral director, community theatre director, voice lessons instructor, American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Board Member; Justin Lewandowski: Music advocate, promoter and booking agent, writer, actor, volunteer for a number of organizations.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No