Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji Area
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2013
End Date
May 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 Education

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

Our first goal is to help Boys and Girls Club members to learn the fundamentals of art at the same time as encouraging them to grow their talents, build confidence and learn to express themselves in a healthy and positive way. Our second goal is to utilize Wesley May’s talent and ability to be a positive role model as a Native artist to help our 28% Native American members to learn the importance of keeping their culture alive and stress the importance of members of any culture to share that with everyone. 75% of participating members will increase their knowledge of technical skills in pencil drawing, pastels and paint.The Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area will use pre and post-tests to evaluate the project. 75% or more of those completing the post test will demonstrate that they have increased their knowledge and skills and had a positive experience. As part of the post-test we will take one word pictures that depict how the members felt about the project and create a slide show to be shown at the art show. At the end of the project we will have an art show to showcase members work to parents and the community.

Measurable Outcome(s)

16 middle and high school aged members and 50 elementary aged members participated with Wesley May in the mural project. Almost all of the categories tested in our post-test were showed improvement in members’ knowledge and according to the one word pictures by members 1005 had a positive experience. Lakeland Public Television covered the art opening and interviewed Wesley May, Boys and Girls Club staff and at least two of the participants and the Bemidji Pioneer ran an article on the project with color photos. It was a successful project and will be a lasting piece of public art for the children of our community.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Lorena Cook, Leisha Gregg, Jeff Halverson, Jim Lucachick, Bonnie Lundorf, Paul Lindseth, Mike Mastin, Dan Olson, Sue Rosselet, Cindy Serratore, Scott Turn
Project Overview
Transcending Cultures through Art
Project Details
Funds will assist the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area to offer painting classes to youth ages 6-18 with local artist Wesley May.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji Area
Street Address
1600 Minnesota Ave NW PO Box 191
Zip Code
(218) 444-4171
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