Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant for Organizations

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Bemidji Community Arts Council, Inc. AKA Watermark Art Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
November 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Becker
Beltrami
Cass
Clearwater
Hubbard
Isanti
Lake of the Woods
Mahnomen
Roseau
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,451
Direct expenses
$5,451
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

As a result of the Creative Spirit Fiber Festival attendees will broaden their knowledge and understanding of fiber arts as medium through discussion of the process, implementation of techniques and use of materials and tools. Some activities will help introduce attendees to new skills with others provide building blocks for more advanced artists. There will be a focus on creating awareness of the vibrant textile and fiber arts community in the five county area while providing information and access to area resources. Progress will be documented with a survey to measure participants knowledge and understanding of fiber arts as medium, how it was impacted, if they increased their skills, what processes were most effective in learning (hands-on, demonstration, formal class w/instructor), did they feel they learned anything new or advance their skill in a specific medium, what medium are they be interested in exploring in the future, were the learning opportunities sufficient (enough time and materials).

Measurable Outcome(s)

2017 survey results indicated that half respondents believed their skill level was Beginner and half Intermediate. Most stated they improved their skills. A high number of respondents preferred learning in a formal class setting with a teacher but even more preferred hands on activities for learning. 2/3 of respondents tried new mediums and about half indicated what mediums and techniques they would like to see in the future. Details provided in the survey will help inform next year’s festival.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Lorie Yourd, Patricia Kelly, Andy Haskell, Deborah Jensen, John Lembi, Beverly Erickson, Colleen Greer, Stacy Bender-Fayette, Bill Kelly
Project Overview
Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant for Organizations
Project Details
2017 Creative Spirit Fiber Festival
Project Manager
First Name
Lori
Last Name
Forshee-Donnay
Organization Name
Bemidji Community Arts Council, Inc. AKA Watermark Art Center
Street Address
505 Bemidji Ave N
City
Bemidji
State
MN
Zip Code
56601
Phone
(218) 444-7570
Email
watermark@paulbunyan.net
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Joe Allen: photographer, college professor; Sandra Roman: retired art teacher, author; Jane Merschman: retired teacher, theater artist; Joanne Kellner: community arts organizer; Jill Johnson: author; Susan Olin: musician; Laura Dropps: visual artist; Natalie Grosfield: Theater Artist; Laura Grisamore: photographer; Corryn Trask: musician.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Joe Allen: photographer, college professor; Sandra Roman: retired art teacher, author; Jane Merschman: retired teacher, theater artist; Jill Johnson: author; Joanne Kellner: community arts organizer; Harold White, Jr: Anishinaabe Arts Initiative council member; Laura Dropps: visual artist; Laura Grisamore: photographer; Corryn Trask: musician.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No