ACHF Arts Access
The project outcome is to see at least 1,000 people in the Brainerd Lakes Region attend the four poetry events planned for 2014. This outcome will be evaluated through a straightforward count of filled seats. Additionally, this will be assessed through a sampled, evaluative questionnaire, and a survey of media reviews (television, radio and print media). 2: We will illustrate that experiences with poetry are essential, that superb experiences with the literary should be available regardless of geography and income levels. With a location in rural central Minnesota, our community is a long drive from the Twin Cities (a cultural, artistic hub), and we need to dream into being literary events for those constrained by finances and geography. Surveys will prove satisfaction.
All events were at the 274 person capacity of the Chalberg Theater. Workshop attendance exceeded our expectations by averaging between 50-85. 2: Evaluations proved out that the poet experience was rated 87% excellent or good. 76% expressed that the event has a positive impact on their lives and was their first poet reading.
Other, local or private
Crossing Arts Alliance and Central Lakes College -Verse Like Water, will organize, promote, and host four internationally known poets with readings, workshops, and a writer-in-residence that will enrich the cultural lives of the citizens of central Minnesota.
Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthopist.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; David Glenn, Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Benjamin Klipfel: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Lori Brink: Independent teaching artist in multi-media and visual arts for K-12 and adults; Mary Bromen: Executive Director, Dakota Woodlands Women's and Family Homeless Shelter; Ykatirina Cardenas: Performing artist, theatre arts educator; Elizabeth Larson: Arts administrator, Bach Society of Minnesota; freelance musician; Shakuntala Maheshwari: Folk visual artist and photographer; Jessica Shaykett: Librarian, American Craft Council