Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant
To undertake a new programming project: Festival of Arts Day at the Faribault County Fair, and purchase a portable stage to enhance arts and cultural heritage events. Festival of Arts Day will expose guests to different Minnesota artists and types of art found in our state. A variety of genres--story telling, puppetry, folk music, visual arts, and more--will be featured in various locations around the fair.
Pat Coleman: Acquisitions Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Sue Ellingsen: Former middle school band director at Blue Earth Area Public School. 2003 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: Former president of the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs.
Ron Oleheiser: District 8 Representative of the Minnesota State Fair.
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.
An exit survey will be completed at each performance and zip codes will be collected.Track audience numbers.Tabulate comments for future reference in planning.
A full summary of survey comments may be requested from the MDA. 110 artists were on the fair grounds during Festival of Arts Day. Approximately 780 people watched funded performances; this number does not include the number of visitors who saw art exhbits.Zip code data showed guests from eight states, not including MN, attended Festival of Arts Day: Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Photos, video, and a PowerPoint presentation of the funded projects were presented at the annual Agricultural Society meeting November 2012.
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