Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Montevideo Public Schools
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Lac qui Parle
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)

Arts learners learn new skills to create, share, and reflect on their own unique artwork about the river. Evaluation of outcomes will take place through Assessment of student creations, performances, and reflection responses. 2: Arts learners increase their appreciation of how the arts connect us to Minnesota geography, history, and culture as experienced through our local place. Oral and written feedback from arts learners, teachers, administrators, community partners and community who participate as audiences and volunteers.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Each of the three groups of learners had unique experiences from one another. The first grade learners created poetry books using images and words describing the water and animals that inhabit the area. The third grade learners wrote, directed plays that told stories of the animals of the river valley. The characters in these plays were the puppets they created. The fourth grade learners created poems about the river valley and the inhabitants. The poems involved the emotions of the human river observers and how it feels to have that environment at risk of being destroyed. Each of the upper level groups (third and fourth graders) went to the river to listen to naturalists talking about the area; including the history and the animals that are found there. The second session for the third graders discussed animals that stayed during the winter. They created footprints in the snow of the various animals and tried to identify them. 2: The arts learners were exposed to the history of the river valley and a description of the early settlers and inhabitants. The American Indian presence was strongly emphasized and was evident in the poems of the fourth graders which had them as central characters in their work. The river's location was discussed and described along with the convergence of the two rivers in Montevideo (Chippewa and Minnesota) and how that affected settlement in the area. Fur trading, in a small scale, was evident in the history of the area and was an interesting discussion with the older students.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Andrew Stenson, Alan Van Ravenswaay, Darin Balken, Maggie Kluver, Tim Forde, Steven Kubista
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Students will create puppet shows, illustrated river journals, and poetry based on the theme, We Celebrate the River. Students will share their creations at several smaller school and community gatherings, as well as at a joint celebration.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Montevideo Public Schools
Street Address
2001 William Ave
Zip Code
(320) 226-0283
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