Arts/Cultural Heritage Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Bemidji Community Theater
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 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 Access 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)

Performers and technicians will increase their knowledge, skill, attitudes, and awareness of theater as a performing art. The Bemidji community and surrounding area will be enriched through the opportunity to observe live theater. Audience numbers will rise. Performer and technician demographics will be tracked according to age demographics, abilities, past participation. Participants will be surveyed to determine what skills they have learned and whether there have been changes in their attitude, awareness of the theater process, and desire to continue participating in musicals and plays. Targets include: 75% of respondents will show an increase in new knowledge, skills, attitudes, and awareness of theater, and 60% will participate in a future theatrical production. Attendance will show a 5% increase from previous shows.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Over 70 people auditioned for HONK! and 45 were chosen for the final cast. The youngest cast member was 7. 90% of those responding to the surveys reported an increase in new knowledge, skills, attitudes and awareness of theater. 95% said they would participate in a future theatrical production.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Ernest Rall, Vicki Stenerson, Kristine Cannon, Mark Fulton, Mary Knox-Johnson, Sue Wright, Julie Kaiser, Derrick Houle, Jesse Westrum, Patty Lester
Project Overview
Arts/Cultural Heritage Grant
Project Details
Funds will assist Bemidji Community Theater to produce the children’s show “HONK!” a musical version of “The Ugly Duckling.”
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Bemidji Community Theater
Street Address
4840 Knollwood Dr NE
Zip Code
(218) 755-8942
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Steve Prenevost: Arts appreciator, arts advocate; Justin Holley: Literary artist, musician, theatrical artist; Natalie Grosfield: Musician, theatrical artist; Joseph Allen: Art professor, photographer, traditional native crafts artist; Nancy Cole: Musician, theatrical artist, craft artist; Linda Kaul: Craft artist, theatrical artist, folk dancer; Jill Johnson: Literary artist, musician; Sandra Roman: Arts educator, visual artist, literary artist; Mary Boomgaarden: Photographer, film artist; Gayle Highberg: Visual artist, photographer.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Steve Prenevost: Arts Appreciator, Arts Advocate; Natalie Grosfield: Musician, Theatrical Artist; Joseph Allen: Art Professor, Photographer, Traditional Native Crafts Artist; Nancy Cole: Musician, Theatrical Artist, Craft Artist; Gayle Highberg: Visual Artist, Photographer; Patt Rall: Arts Columnist, Literary Artist, Musician, Theatrical Artist, Visual Artist; Delana Smith: Visual Artist, Dancer, Bead Artist, Regalia Artist.