Minnesota's Legacy

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Bemidji Community Arts Council AKA Bemidji Community Arts Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
September 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Our goal is to provide a series that inspires new thoughts and ideas through modern literature. We hope the reading impress audiences with the beauty of the language and how masterfully the writers evoke images, tell a story, or argue a point. Further, we seek to draw additional people to frequent the Art Center for exhibits, lectures and classes. Explorations that begin for those attending the readings can be extended through book purchases and writers workshops the following day.To assess where our programs have resulted in the intended outcomes we will rely on a short survey and on-site observations by our staff and volunteers. We will ask attendees to address the content of the readings and the impact the reading had on them. The survey also contains other questions pertinent to the series allowing us to be responsive to the needs and interests of our constituents. Our Spoken Word Committee, Bemidji Community Art Center board members and staff will make observations concerning logistics such as the audio system placement, seating arrangements and the number of people attending. Surveys will help us assess marketing strategy, keep track of new attendees, compile and respond to audience reactions and add to a list of possible writers for future presentations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Direct observations of the readings’ effects on audiences and the passion/enthusiasm expressed in survey results were very gratifying. We could see that all the readings met or surpassed expectations. As one attendee at Joyce’s reading stated, “...it struck me this evening (as it has before) how important it is to HEAR the poem read to experience the emotional impact!” The readings offered many opportunities for listeners to gain insight, to enjoy imagery and even to reevaluate commonly held beliefs about aspects of our society. Quoting another audience member at Carol Ann’s reading, “...it has inspired me to be more observant, more appreciative of people and things and places in my life. Also, to be more expressive of my ‘intimate’ authentic voice.” Asked what did you enjoy most from Tom’s reading, as individual responded as follows, “The ‘discovery’ that someone else dares put into words what I have [suspected].”

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Lorie Yourd, Paula Engen, David Towley, Pat Kelly, Bill Kelly, John Lembi, Charles Pulkrabek, Anthony Swann, Kathy Towley, Kate Smith, Linda Thiem, Bev Erickson, Deb Jensen
Project Overview
2013 Spoken Word Series
Project Details
Funds will assist the Bemidji Community Art Center to host the 2013 Spoken Word Series.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Bemidji Community Arts Council AKA Bemidji Community Arts Center
Street Address
426 Bemidji Ave N
Zip Code
(218) 751-7570
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Kathy Gustafson: visual artist, sculptor, artist career counselor; Steve Prenevost: arts appreciator, arts advocate; Diana McLain: photographer, visual artist, arts advocate; Leah Prussia: literary artist, musician, theatrical artist, craft artist; Steve Ballard: visual artist, art teacher, arts advocate; Nancy Cole: musician, theatrical artist, dance performer; Justin Holley: literary artist, musician, theatrical artist; Richard Longtine: visual artist, folk artist, craft artist, theatrical artist; Linda Kaul: craft artist, theatrical artist, dancer; Mark Anthony Rolo: literary artist, theatrical artist, visual artist, craft artist.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Steve Prenevost: arts appreciator, arts advocate; Nancy Cole: musician, theatrical artist, dance performer; Justin Holley: literary artist, musician, theatrical artist; Bill Smith: visual artist, sculptor, craft artist, arts advocate.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed