Arts in the Schools

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Appleton-Milan Elementary School
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
June 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

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

One goal for our residencies is to show how education, including non-arts, can be greatly enhanced using the arts. The residency will be considered successful if the following criteria are met: 1) Practice the use of the structure of a beginning, middle and end to create a story. 2) Practice basic poetry writing techniques including pre-writing, drafting and revising poems, using similes and imagery, lining the poem. 3) Share work through readings in the classroom. 4) Experience how creative writing helps us explore, celebrate and value the people and groups in our community. 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.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Teacher feedback was very positive. The teachers felt that she was prepared and allowed student to show their creativity throughout the project.

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
Residency with Marie Olofsdotter: Writing/Poetry
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Appleton-Milan Elementary School
Street Address
349 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, developed a curriculum focused on the visual arts, literature, and modern and traditional music of Spain and Latin America; 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; 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 District board.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Mary Kay Frisvold: vocalist, Prairie Arts Chorale; Beth Habicht: musician, Worthington Symphony Orchestra; retired orchestra teacher; Mary Jane Mardesen: literature, theatre, educator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, board member Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players.