Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of agriculture for grants to county agricultural societies to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota's history and cultural heritage as embodied in its county fairs. The grants shall be in addition to the aid distributed to county agricultural societies under Minnesota Statutes, section 38.02. The commissioner shall award grants as follows: (2) $700,000 each year for a competitive Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program-County Fairs. The commissioner shall award grants for the development or enhancement of county fair facilities or other projects or programs that provide access to the arts, arts education, or agricultural, historical, and cultural heritage programs, including but not limited to agricultural education centers, arts buildings, and performance stages.
Increase exposure of regional residents to arts and cultural heritage activities.Allow individuals with hearing impairments to participate in arts and cultural heritage activities.
Survey results showed the audience could hear performances sufficiently. One respondent identified that he was hearing impaired, but that he could hear programs without difficulty.
To enhance the arts and cultural heritage programming at the Brown County Free Fair by installing a sound system to amplify performances and demonstrations.
Sound system was used for several events which included, but not limited to, two children's puppet shows, Mexican folk dancing, German singers and dancers, Native American singers and dancers, Norwegian dancers and a lefse making demonstration, lace making demonstration, presentation on the MN River preservation and history, and folk singing and fiddle music.
Pat Coleman: Acquisitions Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society.Sue Ellingsen: Former middle school Band Director at Blue Earth Area Public School. 2006 Blue Earth Area Teacher of the Year. Jamey Flannery: Project Manager at Flannery Construction. Has full range of general contracting experience, from new construction to remodeling to improving historical structures.Dan Grunhovd: Past president of the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs.Ron Oleheiser: District 8 Representative of the Minnesota State Fair.