Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
August 2015
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Itasca
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$690
Direct expenses
$5,690
Administration costs
$470
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

It is a goal of this project to engage between 20 and 30 strings students in a week long camp focused on jazz and improvisation. Another quantitative goal relates to attendance at the final showcase concert, where we hope to attract an audience of at least 200 people. From an educational success standpoint, the goal for the project includes improving the participants' knowledge and skill levels of improvisation and jazz theory while enhancing their understanding and ability in their primary area of study.Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program Executive Director will assess the project in consultation with the teaching artists. Evaluation tools will include an initial survey of the youth as they begin the summer camp and a follow-up survey on the final day. These surveys will be used to determine if the program has met the students' expectations and provide an assessment of whether learning goals were met. Upon completion of the camp, teaching artists will provide verbal assessments and feedback to the Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program Executive Director for additional qualitative evaluation of the progress of students toward learning and project goals. Ticket sales for the showcase concert will measure our success in reaching the attendance goal.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The measurable goals of this project included providing string students a week long camp on jazz improvisation and hosting a final showcase concert to an audience of family and community members. From an educational success standpoint, the project goals included improving the participants' knowledge and skill levels of improvisation and jazz theory while enhancing their understanding and ability in the primary area of study. Students received weeklong jazz instruction, and the showcase concert for family and community members was greatly enjoyed by those who attended. The Student Surveys taken at the beginning and end of camp indicated that students comfort level rose from a 1 to 2 up to 5-6 range (on a scale from 1 to 6). Student surveys indicated their expectations were achieved, and we actually received only positive feedback on the experience!

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Kristen Anderson, Dave Kooda, Shannon Benolken, Tom Nelson, Brad Johnson, Heather Krueger, Mary LaPlant, Jerry Ophoven, Ellen Bogardus-Szymaniak, Christa Berg, Cheryl Lewis
Project Overview
Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant
Project Details
Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program will offer a week long jazz strings camp for youth ages 8 - 20 in June 2015. Instructors Tim Kliphuis (violin), Martha Larson (cello) and Sam Miltich (guitar) will lead the camp, which will culminate in a showcase concert that is open to the public.
Project Manager
First Name
Tara
Last Name
Makinen
Organization Name
Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program
Street Address
720 Conifer Dr PO Box 140
City
Grand Rapids
State
MN
Zip Code
55744
Phone
(218) 327-5781
Email
tara@itascaorchestra.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; Ken Bloom: Director of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; Catherine Meier: website designer, printmaker, drawer, animator; David Beard: Assistant Professor of University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Ashley Leek: student of Art Education at University of Minnesota-Duluth, ceramic artist, art educator; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; David Beard: Assistant Professor of University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Yes
Conflict of Interest Contact
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Robert DeArmond (218) 722-0952