Arts in the Schools

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Worthington Public Schools
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
April 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

The goals of this residency are to: 1. Provide youth with the skills and tools to take music outside of the classroom and past the printed page. 2. Instill in young people an abiding love of music that results in lifelong engagement on many levels; playing, attending concerts, supporting the arts and teaching. 3. Increase each student’s understanding and skill in music, and provide an opportunity to perform in public next to professional musicians. 4. Provide a more comprehensive and in-depth understanding of instrumental technique for brass instruments. 5. Provide a chance for community members to experience live brass quintet music. Successful benchmarks include: 1. Students who are engaged - asking questions, participating in activities, and volunteering to play. 2. Improved instrumental playing - band members will be more in tune, play together better, and use proper warm-ups prior to ensemble playing. 3. Concert attendance and crowd interaction with The Copper Street Brass Quintet at their evening performance. The Copper Street Brass Quintet and I will provide an evaluation of the residency in three ways: 1) in-class responses from the students, 2) exit surveys after the evening performance for the audience in attendance, and 3) online surveys for school faculty/staff, parents, students, and community members upon the residency’s culmination.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We had growth with the way the brass players played. Brass players worked on intonation specific exercises with the emphasis on tone production. Just by making changes in posture and air stream they were able to improve pitch matching. The students and staff were aware of the changes. 100% of the students said they either really enjoyed the concert or it was one of the best they'd seen. 100% of the students said they either really liked the classroom session or it was the best they'd seen. All students mentioned multiple pieces that they liked of ours and listed a positive benefit from our visit including: became motivated because we started at the same age as them, learned how to make a better sound, and really enjoyed the unique arrangements. Not a single student wrote down an idea for improvement for the residency.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Brad Shaffer, Scott Rosenberg, Steve Schnieder, Linden Olson, Joel Lorenz, Lori Dudley, Quinn Bents, Ann Mills
Project Overview
Arts in the Schools
Project Details
Copper Street Brass Residency - Worthington
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Worthington Public Schools
Street Address
1401 Craisheim Rd
Zip Code
(507) 376-4174
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.