Arts Activities Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2016
End Date
September 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

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

We expect over 5000 attendees, with over 450 performers such as dancers and drummers. We have experienced roughly a 20% increase in attendance each of the past 6 years. We will also have over 35 cultural vendors, increasing 10% each year. Each year we offer donation buttons which we use to keep track of attendance. We also count each dancer at the end of the Pow Wow during their payout.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We had over 4500 people attend our wacipi and experience Native American Arts and culture. The overall outcome of the wacipi was entirely positive. This could not have been possible without the help of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. We completely achieved all of our goals towards our artistic project. The Native American artistic culture is very under-represented, so being able to host a wacipi in the metro area is a very large step in continuing Native American art. Our wacipi was attended by another record breaking number of attendees, and was a resounding artistic and cultural success. We had more than expected dancers, artists, drum groups, artisans, and spectators attend this year. We had so many attendees this year that basically all age groups were well represented.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Sharon Lennartson, Marlene Dixon, Pat Stark, Sylvia Swanson, Lon Navarre, John LeClaire, Maria McNamara
Project Overview
Arts Activities Support
Project Details
Funding for the 17th Annual Traditional Wacipi, a three-day Native American celebration and social gathering. Activities will take place on the Saint Peter's Church grounds in Mendota in September 2016.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community
Street Address
1310 Sibley Memorial Hwy
Zip Code
(651) 452-4141
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; Shelly Chamberlain: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Operations Director; Marisol Chiclana-Ayla: Artist, Board Chair of El Arco Iris; Anthony Galloway: Actor, storyteller, West Metro Education Program; Jamil Jude: Theatre artist; Tricia Khutoretsky: Public Functionary Curator and Co-Director; 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; Kathy Mouacheupao: Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation Cultural Corridor Coordinator; Adam Napoli-Rangel: Artist; Heather Rutledge: ArtReach Saint Croix Executive Director; Andrea Sjogren: Hopkins Public Schools Youth Programs Coordinator; Dameun Strange: Composer and Performer; Melissa Wright: Twin Cities Public Television.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Bethany Whitehead: Fundraising, general management, organizational development; Alex Legeros: General management, artistic, finance; Amanda Dlouhy: Artistic, general management, organizational development; Janice Johnson: Audience development, organizational development, education; Nate Lovdahl: Fundraising, education, organizational development; Debra Stone: Artistic, education, community development; Becky Stibbe: Fundraising, audience development, general management; Patricia Vaillancourt: General management, audience development, computer systems; Teresa Mock: Artistic, audience development, organizational development.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed