Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lac qui Parle Valley School District 2853 AKA Lac qui Parle Valley School District
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
June 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lac qui Parle
Big Stone
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

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

This grant will increase the quantity and types of arts exposure for the students of the Lac qui Parle Valley School District. Exposing students to various arts opportunities will be evaluated post-residencies by student and teacher evaluation forms that will include the number of students and teachers involved, their prior involvement in similar art forms, and their responses to the their experiences. 2: By providing rich and diverse exposure to the domains of the arts, we plan to increase arts participation. Before and upon the completion of the grant a survey will be distributed to parents and instructors assessing whether the project created interest in the arts. Staff will be assessed for the integration of art concepts into their regular instruction.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Because of this grant, the students were exposed to art forms that they had not experienced previously. Hands on activities in dance, creative writing and mosaic making gave our students the opportunity to work with professional artists in a way that gave them insight into the artist's art, lifestyle, and ways of working, as well as providing students the opportunity to develop their own artistic interests and skills in these areas. This outcome was evaluated through student surveys conducted before and after the residencies. Student knowledge about and interest towards dance, creative writing and mosaic making was significantly higher following each residency than it was before the residency. Student work during these residencies was another valuable evaluation tool. Dance performance videos, impressive fairy tale books from each classroom, and 3 stunning mosaics hanging in our halls are proof that student artistic abilities were expanded. 2: All of the communities in the Lac qui Parle Valley school district were given the opportunity to witness three very different artists at work and have them share their enthusiasm for their art with students, as well as adult. When asked about their knowledge about and interest in dance, fairy tale writing and mosaics before the residencies began, there was curiosity, but not any real awareness of the art forms or much excitement or interest in them. Post residency questions showed an increase in both knowledge and interest in dance, creative writing and mosaics, along with quite a few comments about wanting to pursue these areas more in the future. Many students and adults seem more aware that there are other exciting artists, near and far, who are expressing themselves in a variety of exciting ways and that it might be fun to check them out. Area arts organizations will be an important part of sustaining increased interest and providing local opportunities in the arts.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Jill Blom, Amy Giles, Jen Tostenson, Scott Sawatzky, Kipp Stender, Renae Tostenson
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details

All students grades K-12 within the Lac qui Parle Valley School District will gain common experiences and collaborate on arts projects by working with artists from different disciplines and learning the many avenues of creative expression.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lac qui Parle Valley School District 2853 AKA Lac qui Parle Valley School District
Street Address
349 Edquist St
Zip Code
(320) 752-4200
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr.: Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka.; Benjamin Klipfel: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Pamela Perri: Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota.; Margaret Rapp: Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Scott Bean: Retired elementary art teacher; practicing artist; Camilla Berry: Artist and educator; Gita Ghei: Sculptor and arts educator; Bernadette Mahfood: Jewelry and glass tile artist and educator; Laura Meyer: English teacher, Big Lake Schools; Rebecca Meyer-Larson: Theatare arts, language arts and speech communications teacher, Moorhead High School; Gretchen Pick: Artistic director, Young Dance, Twin Cities
Conflict of Interest Disclosed