Minnesota's Legacy

Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,800
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Andrew A. Turpening
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
November 2014
End Date
February 2015
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
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
$4,800
Other Funds Leveraged
$2,843
Direct expenses
$7,643
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The short-term objective is that the participants learn more about Cuban music, culture, and drumming. The principal long-term objective is that the participants will have an expanded worldview and an interest in cultural and musical traditions around the world. A secondary long-term objective is that the advanced Spanish and percussion students will gain a deep knowledge of Cuban culture and rhythms which will inform their studies, and that a Duluth-based Cuban percussion group will be formed.I plan to measure outcomes by handing out evaluations for each participant, and by communicating with the contact persons of each venue months after the project completes to see what the long-term effects have had on the participants. I will be in constant contact with all three venues that will receive follow-up workshops—The College of Saint Scholastica, The Marshall School and Holy Rosary School—so that the more intense percussion and Spanish workshops can be perfectly suited for the students’ needs. With these venues, I will utilize a checklist with measurable goals so my lesson planning fulfills the teachers’ needs for their classes on an ongoing basis.

Measurable Outcome(s)

All outcomes were reached: Attendees of the workshops reported learning about Cuba and its rich music, and the majority found the workshops to be informative and interesting. At each workshop, some of the audience members came onstage and learned how to play basic rhythms on Cuban percussion instruments. All Spanish students of follow-up workshops reported that they learned new Spanish words and learned about Cuban history, music, and culture. All advanced percussion students of follow-up workshops reported having learned Cuban poly-rhythms and are now able to play Cuban rhythms on multiple instruments. A Cuban percussion group was formed in the Duluth area (to be exact, St Scholastica's Hand Drumming Ensemble added Cuban rumba to their repertoire). Some participants developed a love for Cuban culture and music and begin listening to Cuban music and trying out Cuban food when they visit cities with Cuban restaurants.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant
Project Details
Duluth-based percussionist and educator Andrew Turpening will conduct workshops about Cuba and Afro-Cuban drumming at various venues throughout Duluth during three months. The workshops will be two hours long and include a brief discussion of Andrew’s experiences in Cuba as a music student, photos displayed on a projector screen, and a live demonstration of Cuban drumming and piano. Participants will be invited onstage to learn Cuban percussion patterns. Andrew will conduct extensive follow-up workshops for advanced students of percussion at The College of Saint Scholastica, and for advanced students of Spanish at The Marshall School and Holy Rosary School (Andrew is fluent in Spanish).
Project Manager
First Name
Andrew
Last Name
Turpening
Organization Name
Andrew A. Turpening
State
MN
Phone
(612) 807-8729
Email
andrewturpening@hotmail.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; 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
No