Arts in the Schools

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lac qui Parle Valley School District 2853 AKA Lac qui Parle Valley School District
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
June 2014
End Date
May 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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. Each of these residency addresses 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. Ross Sutter: The dulcimer project will incorporate the language arts, math, science social studies and media arts by accomplishing the following: 1. Perform at least three tunes on the one-stringed dulcimer alone and/or in a group. 2. Read and write tunes for the dulcimer using a system of notation (tablature). 3. Improvise and/or compose a tune to play on the dulcimer. 4. Demonstrate understanding of the cultural and historical context of the Appalachian (mountain) dulcimer, including songs. 5. Identify parts of the dulcimer. 6. Students will understand how math and science are involved in the functioning of stringed instruments. 7. Students will understand ways to change pitch, volume and timbre on a stringed instrument. 8. Students will measure accurately. 9. Use and convert fractions with accuracy. We will know that we have achieved our goals by documenting the end products from each residency with photographs. The map boxes and dulcimer that each child creates will demonstrate pride and show that they participated in the process. To 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)

1) Students were able to play the dulcimer and sing simple folk songs as they accompanied themselves. 2) Students had a very clear understanding of the science of sound -- vibration, volume, etc.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Scott Conn, Richard Adams, Jon Olson, Val Halverson, Cory Thorsland, Kim Mitchell.
Project Overview
Arts in the Schools
Project Details
Ross Sutter Dulcimer Residency
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lac qui Parle Valley School District 2853 AKA Lac qui Parle Valley School District
Street Address
2860 291st Ave
Zip Code
(320) 752-4835
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