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Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Artaria String Quartet
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
November 2014
End Date
October 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lac qui Parle
Lac qui Parle
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The chamber music environment of Dawson-Boyd and Marshall will be enriched with ten days of quality activities for 2,000+ residents with Artaria, a professional string quartet. Collaborators will track the number of participants, and ask them what they learned from the residency. They will also assess how participants felt about the quality of the Artaria-led activities. 2: Artaria will travel to communities and lead free activities with residents of different ages and musical abilities. Concert tickets will be affordable. Evaluations will determine if activities reached a wide range of people, and if they perceived any barriers. Partners will make sure the ticket prices do not prevent anyone from attending concerts.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The ASQ interacted closely with high school string students, adult string players and the community in Dawson-Boyd, and performed outreach events and public concerts in both Dawson and Marshall. All string player participants were given a survey to fill out in Dawson-Boyd. In Marshall no audience surveys were given, but there was plenty of positive and extremely enthusiastic verbal responses from audience members following each of the community concerts. 2: The actual outcome of Artaria’s visits to both communities was that audiences and students were exposed to a high level of string playing and teaching. In addition to surveys collected in Dawson-Boyd, the ASQ relied upon verbal feedback from audience and community members as well fellow musicians in the Southwest Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, teachers at Dawson-Boyd High School and Southwest Minnesota State University, librarians in Dawson-Boyd and Marshall, and from the student and adult string players that were coached.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Silvester Vicic, Essie Commers, Andrea Een, Mark Halvorson, Julie Himmelstrup
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Artaria String Quartet will invigorate the chamber music environment of Dawson-Boyd and Marshall, southwest Minnesota communities that value and nurture the arts, by engaging residents of all ages in participatory activities.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Artaria String Quartet
Street Address
980 Bellows St
West St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 587-7595
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
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. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies; Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn, Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
David Beard: Associate professor of rhetoric, writing studies department, University of Minnesota, Duluth; Camilla Berry: Practicing artist with nursing and education credentials; Amy Giddings: Music specialist, North Shore Community School, Duluth; Jennifer Penzkover: Coordinator, Saint Cloud Arts Commission.; Daniel Stark: Associate Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Joanne Toft: Private educational arts consultant
Conflict of Interest Disclosed