Arts in the Schools

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Appleton-Milan Elementary School
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
September 2014
End Date
May 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Big Stone
Lac qui Parle
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To increase the quantity and types of arts learning opportunities for youth.One goal for our residencies, is to show how education, including non-arts, can be greatly enhanced using the arts. Both residencies address Minnesota standards of education in both the arts and other content areas. By doing this we hope to reinforce and enhance the understanding of both content areas. The goal of Layl McDill's residency is to combine her unique art form with concepts from science, social studies and math. By using creativity, problem solving and math concepts, 3rd grade students will create physical representations of the animals that they are learning about in science. For the fourth grade, social studies standards will be addressed and students will use communication, creativity, and problem solving to create physical representations of state birds from the states that students are learning about. The residency will be considered successful if the following criteria are met: 1. Students are able to use and incorporate polymer clay, armatures, color mixing and millefiore/caning techniques to make a 3-dimensional form. 2. Students are able to successfully create unique 3-dimensional representations of predator and prey animals and state birds. 3. Students are able to talk about their use of elements and principals of art to represent the unique qualities of their animals or birds. We will also know that we have achieved our goals by documenting the end products from each residency with photographs. The sculptures that each child creates will demonstrate pride and show that they participated in the artistic processes of learning new information and skills, planning, decision making, production, and evaluation of their artwork. To further evaluate the process, we will distribute a survey to instructors to evaluate the success of the residency in teaching the state objectives and creating excitement for learning. Community performances and art shows will also provide feedback by participation from parents, showing excitement for the arts and their child's experience. Surveys will specifically address the following statements. Teachers: 1. Interest in the arts. 2. Excitement for learning core classroom objectives. 3. Reinforcement and enhanced comprehension of both art and core content area learning. 4. Achievement of above state objectives. 5. Overall quality of the residency. Parents: 1. Interest and excitement for the arts. 2. Involvement in residency and community event. 3. General excitement for going to school during residency. 4. Student understanding of the basic objectives outlined above. 5. Overall quality of the residency.

Measurable Outcome(s)

One measurable outcome was the huge increase in students that have now had exposure to another actual working artist from our state. Our students now also have a basic understanding of an art media that they were unaware of before the residency, and the core group students each have a colorful and creative sculpture that they made themselves to be proud of. When asked to write down their thoughts about the residency, 100 percent of student responses were very positive. Community people attending the art shows were greatly impressed with the student work and very excited that our students are given the opportunity, through Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, to work with Layl McDill and other artists like her during these artist in the school residencies.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Scott Conn, Richard Adams, Jon Olson, Val Halvorson, Cory Thorsland, Kim Mitchell.
Project Overview
Arts in the Schools
Project Details
Millefiore Animal Sculpture Residency with Layl McDill
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Appleton-Milan Elementary School
Street Address
349 S Edquist St
Zip Code
(320) 289-1114
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Jane Link: visual artist , Milan Village Arts School founding member, Milan Community Education, Greater Milan Initiative; 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 Advisory Board; Kate Aydin: retired educator, arts advocate, Lincoln County Pioneer Museum board; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Vice President of Marshall Area Stage Company; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, founding member and president, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Susan Marco: writer, High School English and creative writing teacher; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, board member Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Ellen Copperud: retired language arts teacher, theatre director; Dan Wahl: visual artist, musician, theater, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Dan Connolly: musician, music educator, board Renville Friends of the Arts; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasure, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County board; Sydney Massee; visual artist, theatre, Lac qui Parle Valley School Districts board.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Mary Kay Frisvold: musician, member Prairie Arts Chorale; Tricia Mikle: retired art educator, visual artist, board member Nobles County Art Center; Suzanne Napgezek: visual artist; Helen Pedersen: musician, member Prairie Arts Chorale, retired educator; Roberta Trooien: writer, musician, founding member Buffalo Ridge Chorale, retired educator; Sydney Massee: visual artist, theatre, Lac qui Parle Valley School Districts board; Kate Aydin: retired educator, arts advocate, Lincoln County Pioneer Museum board.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed