Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant for Organizations

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
February 2017
End Date
May 2017
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Aitkin
Beltrami
Cass
Clearwater
Hubbard
Redwood
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 ACHF Cultural Heritage

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$15,854
Direct expenses
$21,854
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

(1) As a result of this program, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra musicians will enhance their skills through the performance of a contemporary concerto. (2) As a result of this program, music teachers will be stimulated to generate ideas on how the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra can collaborate with them to benefit students. (3) Music is seen as a therapeutic and/or “civilizing” tool because of its uncanny ability to influence emotions. As a result of the Rouse piece, the audience will discern reactions personally experienced during its performance. (1) Bemidji Symphony Orchestra board/staff will meet with 7 to 10 Bemidji Symphony Orchestra musicians in a focus group designed to gain feedback on what type of Bemidji Symphony Orchestra programming best inspires their skills to grow. (2) Music educators who attend the children’s concert will be surveyed via email as to how the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra can collaborate with them to the benefit of their students’ education. (3) The audience will be asked to assess their reactions during the Rouse Concerto and write them on a Post-it Note to be collected.

Measurable Outcome(s)

1. Eight BSO musicians gave feedback, and all agreed they welcome new and challenging music, with the challenge being more important than their personal enjoyment of the piece (summary attached). 2. Music educators welcome the opportunity for students to hear a live orchestral music concert (email attached). 3. Almost 17% of our audience responded with a post-it note, and they were 94% positive! Respondents were delighted, moved, and/or challenged by the music they heard (summary attached).

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Louise Jackson, Nancy Haugen, Karl Mork, Mary Auger, Ann Hayes, Ann Long-Voelkner, Job Monge, Cyrus Pansch, Sue Rosselet, Stu Rosselet
Project Overview
Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant for Organizations
Project Details
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents the concert “Celtic Legends” with Lisa Bost-Sandberg, plus a concert for children.
Project Manager
First Name
MaryAnne
Last Name
Wilimek
Organization Name
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
Street Address
PO Box 3136
City
Bemidji
State
MN
Zip Code
56619
Phone
(218) 444-7914
Email
bso@bemidjisymphony.org
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