Arts/Cultural Heritage Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
October 2015
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Crow Wing
Otter Tail
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

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

The first target audience is the musicians who will perform with Aaron Meyer and Tim Ellis. We will ask if and how the experience might have changed their attitudes/skills with respect to the musical genres performed in the concert. Our second target audience is people under 50 years old. Bemidji Symphony Orchestra board members will survey a subset of Bemidji Symphony Orchestra musicians (via phone and/or email). The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will use counters to visually record people under 50 who are coming into the concert. We understand this is extremely subjective, but hope it will give us a starting point in our audience development efforts.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We saw a 30% increase in our "under 50" target age group. We credit this increase to the energetic style of music and the personality of the principal performer, but also to our new use of social media to publicize our concert. We will use this strategy to promote future performances. Surveys of the symphony orchestra performers revealed they really enjoyed working with this guest artist, picked up new influences and skills and intend to stay in the symphony orchestra and provide outreach.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Mary Auger, Alicia Cloose, Julia Conlon, Melanie Hanson, Nancy Haugen, Louise Jackson, Ann Long-Voelkner, Jeb Monge, Karl Mork, Cyrus Pansch, Sue Rosselet, Stu Rosselet, Diane Wahl
Project Overview
Arts/Cultural Heritage Grant
Project Details
Funds will assist the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra to perform with classically trained rock violinist Aaron Meyer, along with guitarist Tim Ellis, in a concert that bridges the genres of classical, contemporary progressive rock, and traditional styles of music.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
Street Address
PO Box 3136
Zip Code
(218) 243-3120
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.