Arts Legacy Project Planning
ACHF Arts Access
We will identify and invite local and regional artists to become involved in the project. These artists will be identified through our collaboration with the Rock County Fine Arts Association and contacts with other arts organizations in the region. We will document the outcome through the number of completed submissions. Our target is to have twenty submissions from a variety of artists with different styles of art. We will work with the Rock County Fine Arts Association and the artists on the planning committee to finalize the design for the fiberglass nutcracker by working with the fiberglass manufacturing firm. This group will determine the shape, size, style and function of the blank form. We will work with businesses, organizations, individuals and public entities to determine the locations of placement of the nutcrackers. This will include getting written agreements with property owners as to the locations the nutcracker statues will be placed. We will work with the City of Luverne and the fiberglass company to identify and determine the process and materials needed to place permanent statues. We will get final written agreements as to who will be putting the statues in place. We will work on getting annual sponsors to support the creation of the final product. By receiving these annual pledges, we will ensure that the statues will be cared for in the long-term. Through this process we will also determine the schedule for the nutcrackers to be redone (every three to five years) and develop the annual budget for their maintenance and care. We will hold public meetings to gather input from the public on this project. In tracking the number of people attending the meetings, presentations and public forums - we will build community interest and support. We will track the number of media releases in local and regional press.
Outcome One: We had 10 artist complete a mini-fiberglass art project in the form of a nutcracker and 7 of those artists indicated they would be interested in doing a larger project. Outcome Two: The fine art nutcrackers have been on display at the History Center in downtown Luverne since the middle of June. The hosts at the History Center have asked people what they think of the ten art pieces on display. There have been approximately 1,000 guests at the museum over the last two months and they report that they see a variety of things. Some of the people say that they look like nutcrackers. Others say that they look like the prairie, painting, farm or interpretation of design. The mini-nutcrackers have given the committee the opportunity to see that things can be interpreted differently. Outcome Three: We have the 10 small nutcrackers on permanent display. Very occasionally do people ask to have us take them out and more closely look at them. The biggest hindrance to the public embracing them is that they are in a glass case and out of public reach. Outcome Four: At the beginning of the project, we thought we would have a lot of interest from artists to participate. We found out that there was quite a bit of skepticism about the concept of public art nutcrackers. It was harder than we thought to encourage artists to be part of the project. We were ultimately pleased to have 10 people agree to be part of the project.
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Arts Legacy Project Planning
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Georgette Jones: literature teacher, theatre actor, director, teacher; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Kathy Fransen: musician, theatre, Rhythm of the River coordinator; Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Pam Blake: retired art educator, visual artist, Tyler Arts Council, Lincoln County Art Fair, Southwest Minnesota Weaver's Guild; Michele Knife Sterner: theatre actor, SMSU Associate director for Access Opportunity Success program; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Joyce Aakre: visual arts, writing, Discover Dassel committee, Board member for Litchfield Community Education, Exhibit committee for Dassel Area Historical Society; Emily Petersen: visual artist, art teacher; David KelseyBassett: visual artist, musician; Anne O'Keefe-Jackson: human resources director, bead and quill work; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County; Brett Lehman: Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association; Erica Volkir: performing arts, Director of Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB; Claire Swanson: visual arts, arts teacher, Meander Art Crawl Committee.
Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Anne O'Keefe-Jackson: human resources director, bead and quill work; Joyce Aakre: visual arts, writing, Discover Dassel committee, Board member for Litchfield Community Education, Exhibit committee for Dassel Area Historical Society; John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Georgette Jones: literature teacher, theatre actor, director, teacher; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission.