Minnesota's Legacy

Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,904
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Mary K. Plaster AKA Mary Plaster
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
October 2015
End Date
February 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Carlton
Lake
Cook
St. Louis
Carlton
Lake
Cook
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,904
Other Funds Leveraged
$196
Direct expenses
$6,100
Administration costs
$2,050
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Goals/Outcomes are: To bring art back to Duluth Children's Museum curriculum by partnering with a local artist (from STEM to STEAM). To artistically embrace and expound ideas of metamorphosis (changing form) to connect concepts of season turn, natural life cycles, transformations, and restoration of our environment. To create greater accessibility to, participation in, and awareness of sustainable art making and artistic exhibits with responsible, economic and creative reuse/repurpose of materials. To demonstrate art as an effective learning tool for learning and integrating beauty, science, culture, geography and history for all ages and backgrounds, especially in West Duluth. To have fun! Photographs and video footage will visually document the interactive creative fun and learning. Children's art will be publicly displayed along with their comments (with permission) at the museum and also in the Downtown Depot starting November 1st for Duluth All Souls Night, November 6th. Adult feedback can be easily posted on related Facebook pages and websites. Exit surveys and comment cards will be available onsite and online. The museum as always accurately tracks demographics and attendance numbers. We will see visibly more milkweed, butterflies and awareness as a result of community connections made between children and monarch artists and educators.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Duluth Children's Museum and I successfully cultivated creativity and deepened knowledge of the arts for children, youth, and adults by engaging them in arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. These included learning about the arts, learning about life through the arts, and learning about the role the arts play in most aspects of daily life. Activities presented participants with opportunities to experience and learn about art through direct contact with an artist, by public performance/presentations, and taking part in other arts learning appropriate activities. Rob Hadaway, Creative Director, told me the museum staff and board recognizes the success of this inaugural project and intends to continue working with artist partners in the Duluth community. This feedback makes me feel very proud of my pioneering work with them.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant
Project Details
Metamorphosis
Project Manager
First Name
Mary
Last Name
Plaster
Organization Name
Mary K. Plaster AKA Mary Plaster
State
MN
Phone
(218) 310-6289
Email
artist@maryplaster.com
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; David Beard: Assistant Professor of writing studies at University of Minnesota-Duluth; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; 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; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Candace LaCosse: North House Folk School instructor, leatherwork designer and crafter.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; 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; David Beard: Assistant Professor of writing studies at University of Minnesota-Duluth; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No