ACHF Arts Education
The quantity and types of arts learning opportunities in the state, and the organizations or venues that offer them increases. More Minnesotans are engaged in arts learning opportunities.
1. We accomplished the goals of this project by: A) Presenting two 3-hour storytelling workshops in each of 14 communities in the Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, Pioneerland, and Plum Creek library systems. Those workshop locations and dates are listed on the Story Academy Evaluation Collection Form, attached with this report. B) Creating a website with 30 video storytelling performances and 60 minutes of online storytelling workshops. This website is active and can be found at www.StoryLibrary.Org. We also accomplished all six of the measurable goals set forth on our grant application. 2. We evaluated our outcomes with participant evaluations after each workshop and instructor observation and evaluation of participant storytelling skills. 2: 1. With this project, we reached 265 adults with high-quality storytelling workshops. Approximately half of workshops participants were either teachers or librarians who, according to surveys, will use the storytelling and public speaking skills from this workshop in their work with both adults and children. In addition, this project created an online story performance and workshop video website. This has given teachers and librarians across Minnesota access to high quality story performances and workshops that they can use in their classroom teaching. 2. We used surveys to determine if more Minnesotans were engaged in arts learning through this project. Over 90% of participants report not attending a storytelling workshop before the Minnesota Rural Storytelling Academy. This is probably due to a lack of arts workshops in rural Minnesota. Fewer than two percent of participants indicated that they would be taking part in artistic activities (writing, music) if they weren't at these workshops.