Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rail River Folk School
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
June 2012
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Rail River Native Arts Festival
Project Details
Funds will assist Rail River Folk School to host an indigenous artisans festival at Lake Irving Marina.
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
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

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

Participant attendees will indicate through oral and artistic feedback that they have gained in skill, knowledge, and awareness by completing the sentences “I learned…” “I tried…” “I saw…” and “I met…”A talkback video booth will be available for anyone interested in providing feedback and responding to the provided prompts “I learned…” “I tried…” “I saw…” and “I met…” Others may opt to illustrate their responses to these prompts on the pages of a ledger book, which will not only serve to show the impact of the festival on the participants, but will also serve as a comment on the community in attendance at this place in time- making art out of what is. Both methods will self-create a work of feedback art to serve as a marker to the successes and challenges of this initial event.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We determined our impact on our community, organization, and the local indigenous artisans to be not only positive, but a point of inspiration to become more involved in the community as a whole. The artisans expressed excitement for more similar opportunities and overall gratitude for the experience and many hopeful wishes for making the Indigenous Arts Fest an annual event. We had more visitors than expected and we met our goals of having a good representation from each of the many facets of our local community. There were youth groups from Outward Bound, participants from all three of the surrounding reservations, tourists and locals representing a wide range of backgrounds. It was noted how this may have been the only place that some of our target populations would ever have a chance to “cross paths” in this area.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Ben Bonga, Audrey Thayer, Glennis Dudley, Marilyn Martin, Leah Carpenter, Jessica Lynn Erle, Vikki Howard, Sharon Columbus, Cheri Goodwin.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rail River Folk School
Street Address
303 Railroad St SW Ste B
Zip Code
(218) 766-4925
Administered By
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St. Paul, MN 55104

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505 Bemidji Avenue North
Bemidji, MN 56601

218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447
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