Arts Activities Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Chaske Cikala Wacipi
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
June 2015
End Date
September 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

With the change in venue to a park located in closer proximity to residential areas; we hope to increase the number of participants in the wacipi. We also hope to have increased participation from dancers and drum groups. In order to determine how we may better serve and attract more dancers we will conduct a 'performers' survey'. In addition, the new venue should help facilitate our ability to conduct a more accurate audience/participant count.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This was evident not only by the participation of 95 dancers/drummers representing several nations including Lakota, Dakota, Anishinaabe-Ojibwe, Tsalagi, Winnebago, Navaho and Aztec; but also by the attendance of approximately 500 audience participants. Every member of the Advisory Committee and staff personnel purposely engaged with audience and performing participants to glean information about the wacipi. Responses were extremely positive for both 2nd or 3rd time attendees who looked forward to the event, and from first time visitors who were attending their very first wacipi.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Walter Inyan Wakan Ripplinger, Geri Ripplinger, Del Burmeister, Nancy Davis-Ortiz, Janine Sackett, Mary So Happy, Morris Goodwin Jr, Steve Young, Donna Lindsay-Goodwin
Project Overview
Arts Activities Support
Project Details
Funding for The Little Dance in Chaska, a two-day community pow-wow engaging drummers, dancers and over 750 community members at Lion's Park in Chaska in August 2015.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Chaske Cikala Wacipi
Street Address
549 Saxony Ct
Zip Code
(952) 448-6860
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Julie Andersen: Eagan Art House Executive Director; Jill Anfang: Roseville Parks and Recreation Program Director; Bethany Brunsell: Music Teacher and performer; Kathy Busch: Realtor, Shakopee School Board Member; Shelly Chamberlain: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Operations Director; Joan Elwell: Lakeshore Players Executive Director; Mary Erickson: Eastern Carver County Schools Community Education; Anthony Galloway: Actor, storyteller, West Metro Education Program; Jamil Jude: Theatre artist; Peter Leggett: Walker West Music Academy Executive Director; Dayna Martinez: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; Coleen McLaughlin: Arts Midwest Director of External Relations; Tom Moffatt: Silverwood Park Supervisor; Christine Murakami Noonan: Minnesota State Fair Foundation; Heather Rutledge: ArtReach Saint Croix Executive Director; Rachel Smoka-Richardson: Minnesota Public Radio Development Officer; Dameun Strange: Composer and performer; Melissa Wright: Twin Cities Public Television.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
LaDonna Morrison: Finance, administration, organizational planning; Kersten Elverum: Administration; Joanna Lees: Artistic, administration, education; Patricia Mitchell: Artistic, marketing, administration; Mike Spellman: Administration, marketing, volunteerism; Stacy Stanley: Artistic, marketing, administration; Jill Murphy: Administration, youth programming, community service; Rosy Kirk: Artistic.