Arts and Cultural Heritage

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association AKA SEMBA
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
June 2014
End Date
September 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Cultural Heritage

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association is the only provider of this music art form in the Southeastern area where enhancement of the arts is desirable. Bluegrass is one of few music art forms originating in the United States and goal is it not be lost for future generations. Financial goal is to provide quality entertainment affordable to families.Campground 85% booked May and 99% in August- supports quality programming; Increased attendance on average; Admission within the budget of families; Review of comments concerning programming; Bands request to return; Workshops and open stages well attended; Additional revenue to area businesses.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Provide opportunities to experience grassroots music formally in the form of a bluegrass festival as well as informal jamming, free workshops and open stage available to all. Jamming groups throughout the campground - workshops were well attended and open stage had 38 participants. We wanted to have more activities for children and youth and a beginner’s guitar workshop was held on Thursday and Friday of the festival. We had 5 children attend each session. We also had Bluegrass Bingo and Geo Cash Token Hunt for 15 and under.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Roberta Anderson, John Campbell, John Leahy, John Magnuson, Judith Mayo, Barbara Ottman, Darrell Ottman, John Owens, Daryl Thompson
Project Overview
Arts and Cultural Heritage
Project Details
August 2014 Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Festival
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association
Street Address
PO Box 83
Zip Code
(507) 864-8109
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Kjellgren Alkire: art faculty Winona State University; Daved Driscoll: Artistic Director Words Players Theatre; Julie Fakler: Edication Coordinator Paradise Center for the Arts; Larry Gorrell: former dean Saint Mary's University; Connie Nelson: retired music educator; Jane Olive: Mantorville Theatre Company; Judy Saye-Willis: fiber artist; Steve Schmidt: General Manager City of Rochester Music Department.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Scott Anderson: musician; Liz Bucheit: owner/artist Crown Trout Jewelers; Andrea Gaffke: arts administrator; Judy Hickey: Board Children's Dance Theatre; Bill Hoy: playwright, songwriter; David Kassler: musician; Kathy Rush: Lockwood Theatre Company; Jon Swanson: curator Minnesota Marine Art Museum; Joan Sween: novelist, columnist, playwright; Gary Tollers: musician.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed