Arts in the Schools
ACHF Arts Education
The goals of this projects are: to instill the arts into the community and public life in our region and support high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for residents of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts. This project uses the County Fair as an arts venue by encouraging the community to celebrate literary arts with a poetry reading at the museum. The goal is to encourage the community to utilize its resources, such as the Robert Bly Study, for continued support and celebration of poetry and literary arts. It also gives students an opportunity to work with a career poet who lives in Dawson. The goal is to show students that literary arts is a viable form of self-expression and that it is possible to make a career as a writer, and literary artist. Carlson hopes to transform the student's understanding of poetry. She wants students to be less afraid and intimidated by the art form, and hopes to motivate students to write poetry on their own. The intention with this project is to reveal poetry as a relevant and essential art form, that writing is an appropriate and positive form of self-expression, and that poets exist and practice in the world today. The teaching poet describes the measurement of these goals as follows: I will measure these goals in a series of two surveys. The first will be at the beginning of the residency. I'd like to find out the student's enthusiasm for poetry before the project begins. I'll collect the information to help guide my practice and planning for the residency alongside the Dawson-Boyd High School English Teacher, Sadie Solem. At the end of the project I'll repeat the same series of questions. If the students note a marked change in their replies on the survey I'll have a tool for evaluating the success of the project. I'll also work closely with Solem and ask her for input with regard to the project. I'd like to get two affirmations of things we should continue to do, and to areas that could be improved in the future. I'll also count how many attend the reading, and include a survey that asks community members how often they've visited the Robert Bly Study, and if they've been in the study before. This will give information on whether or not the project succeeds in encouraging the community to use existing literary arts resources.""
Feedback solicited via survey at the Poetry Reading was positive. Most people had been to the Bly study but would not have visited the county museum or the studio that day. Five people surveyed had not been to the Bly Study, and came just for the event—they would have not come otherwise. Repeatedly, participants asked for more events like this done regularly, or would like to see more community story-telling and writing events given at regular intervals throughout the year.
Arts in the Schools
"Where I'm From" Poetry Workshop and Presentation
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 teacher, visual arts, Tyler Arts Council, Southwest Minnesota Weaver's Guild; Michele Knife Sterner: theatre actor, Southwestern Minnesota State University Associate Director for Access Opportunity Success program; Tom Wirt: artist, owner of Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member of 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; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; 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; Reggie Gorter: vocalist, theatre, voice and dance teacher; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Claire Swanson: visual arts, arts teacher, Meander Art Crawl Committee.
Joyce Aaake: Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Mary Kay Frisvold: Music; Jeff Iverson: Music, theatre; Joyce Meyer: Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Anne O'Keefe-Jackson: Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Kelly Pochardt: Visual art; John Voit: Music, theatre.