Arts in the Schools

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Stevens Elementary School
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
January 2014
End Date
June 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

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

Goals: 1) Students will build their own one stringed dulcimer and limberjack. 2) Students will be able to play a variety of songs solo and with a group in a performance on their dulcimer. 3) Students will be able to keep rhythm and beat with their limberjack dancing. 4) Students will learn different Scandinavian dances and perform them. 5) Students will be teachers as well as learners as they introduce their instruments to first graders, parents, and Senior Care Center residents. Students will do a pre-test and post-test after the initial exposure to the Science of Sound and dulcimer string presentation. Students will journal about the constructing of both instruments and the experience of teaching first graders and seniors about the dulcimer. Students will journal at the end of the residency and reflect on how they felt when they make others smile by giving the gift of music. The residency will also include a time to evaluate with the teachers and the artist.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Both Instruments--built! Dulcimer--learned! Dances--learned! Music--taught to 1st graders! Music--shared with Seniors!

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Jon Wager, Bruce Lund, Tony Aafedt, Ann Jenson, Brett Buer, Dan Lee, Dean Solem
Project Overview
Arts in the Schools
Project Details
Ross Sutter Residency
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Stevens Elementary School
Street Address
848 Chestnut St
Zip Code
(320) 769-4590
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.