Arts and Cultural Heritage

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Mankato Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. AKA Mankato Symphony Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
September 2016
End Date
May 2017
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Brown
Faribault
Le Sueur
Nicollet
Rice
Sibley
Waseca
Watonwan
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$21,940
Direct expenses
$29,940
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The number of Minnesotans who are able to participate in the arts increases. The quality, types and number of arts opportunities in our region, and the organizations or venues that offer them increases. Real or perceived barriers to arts participation and arts access are identified and addressed. Executive Director Sara Buechmann will oversee the project evaluation. She has received training from Dr. Patricia Shifferd in the field of arts evaluation and attended workshops on the subject. The plan is to use volunteers to distribute a survey at the performances, along with programs, and collect them at the end of each performance. The surveys will be tabulated to determine any trends or changes in participation. In addition to surveys, we find valuable information through talking to participants. The open ended nature of the walk up outreach activities means that a survey is not practical. We can talk with participants and ask questions about their experience to determine if goals are being met. We also analyze unsolicited feedback-thank you letters, phone calls, and posts on social media often provide a lot of information about a powerful concert experience. Many people post about their first visit to the Symphony and tag us so that we can see it.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Yes, we achieved our planned outcomes. We used and tabulated a survey. This information was very useful and identified the needs of our patrons. This will assist us with future programming and how we reach old and new music listeners.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Keith Balster, Shannon Beal, Mark Betters, Jerry Crest, Marcia Jagodzinske, Jana Klein, Herb Kroon, Peter Paisley, Cheryl Regan, Lori Smart, Jason Teiken, Kathy Vessells, Katie Wayne, Scott Weilage
Project Overview
Arts and Cultural Heritage
Project Details
They will use funds for one of four “Music on the Hill” Chamber Music Series concerts with local performers, January 2017; and their April 2017 Symphonic Series concert including the Minnesota Valley Chorale and Saint Peter Choral Society.
Project Manager
First Name
Sara
Last Name
Buechmann
Organization Name
Mankato Symphony Orchestra Association
Street Address
523 2nd St S PO Box 645
City
Mankato
State
MN
Zip Code
56002-0645
Phone
(507) 625-8880
Email
mso@hickorytech.net
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Jessica Barens: serves on the Waseca Community Education Advisory Council; Steve Davis: member of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota State University/Community Orchestra, volunteer for Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra and New Ulm Suzuki School of Music; Denice Evers: retired teacher and volunteer with the Springfield Community Theater; Diane Harms: sings with the Saint Peter Choral Society and the Minnesota Valley Chorale; Charles Luedtke: retired college Professor of Music, New Ulm and member of the Sioux Trails Chapter, American Guild of Organists; Randy Mediger: retired principal and teacher and charter member of LeSueur Community Theater; Lauren Shoemaker: music instructor at St. Peter Public Schools; Dana Sikkila: a visual artist and the Executive Director of the 410 Project Gallery, Mankato; Carol Soma: retired Language Arts teacher and volunteer with the Kee Civic Theatre; Dennis Van Moorlehem: retired teacher and volunteer on Sibley County Fair Board and community festivals; Gina Wenger: a college Professor of Art at Minnesota State University-Mankato; Greg Wilkins: a visual artist and the Director of Student Activities at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Jessica Barens: serves on the Waseca Community Education Advisory Council; Steve Davis: member of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota State University/Community Orchestra, volunteer for Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra and New Ulm Suzuki School of Music; Denice Evers: retired teacher and volunteer with the Springfield Community Theater; Diane Harms: sings with the Saint Peter Choral Society and the Minnesota Valley Chorale; Charles Luedtke: retired college Professor of Music, New Ulm and member of the Sioux Trails Chapter, American Guild of Organists; Randy Mediger: retired principal and teacher and charter member of LeSueur Community Theater; Lauren Shoemaker: music instructor at Saint Peter Public Schools; Dana Sikkila: a visual artist and the Executive Director of the 410 Project Gallery, Mankato; Carol Soma: retired Language Arts teacher and volunteer with the Kee Civic Theatre; Dennis Van Moorlehem: retired teacher and volunteer on Sibley County Fair Board and community festivals; Gina Wenger: a college Professor of Art at Minnesota State University-Mankato; Greg Wilkins: a visual artist and the Director of Student Activities at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Yes
Conflict of Interest Contact
Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, Brenda Byron (507) 833-8721