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 Contra Dance
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
June 2017
End Date
January 2018
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Beltrami
Cass
Hubbard
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Cultural Heritage

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,650
Direct expenses
$7,650
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

As a result of this program, some local musicians will become familiar with playing music for contra dances and consider playing for more dances in the future, giving them more opportunities to play and experience people dance to their music. Also, as a result of this program, many more people will have the opportunity to try contra dancing to live music, creating a community of dancers who wants to continue regularly dancing. For each musicians' workshop, there will be a request for comments from participants. For each dance there will be one question for dancers to either answer on an index card or large poster. At the end, phone interviews will be conducted with musicians and a survey monkey will be sent to dancers.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Around 160 people participated in contra dances and 16 local musicians participated in workshops. In dancer surveys, dancing, live music and fun community atmosphere were things participants enjoyed the most, and many mentioned exercise, great atmosphere, music and the people as their reasons to come again. Local musicians indicated they enjoyed the workshops and learned about contra dancing and contra dance music. Many have indicated they hope to continue to play for contra dances.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Wendy Greenberg, Kathryn Gonzalez, Mark Fulton, Ann Long Voelkner, Marti Lundin
Project Overview

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant for Organizations

Project Details

Contra Dance Workshop Series

Project Manager
First Name
Wendy
Last Name
Greenberg
Organization Name
Bemidji Contra Dance
Street Address
20045 Windsurf Dr
City
Bemidji
State
MN
Zip Code
56601
Phone
(218) 755-9178
Email
bassoons@paulbunyan.net
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

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

Jane Merschman: retired teacher, theater artist; Joanne Kellner: community arts organizer; Susan Olin: musician; Laura Dropps: visual artist; Gayle Highberg: visual artist; Laura Grisamore: photographer; Corryn Trask: musician.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No