Arts/Cultural Heritage Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Inc.
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2015
End Date
July 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Red Lake
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)

“Prints” will impact participants (cast and crew) by adding to their professional experience, in some cases offering new professional theater artists their first professional job. The community will be impacted significantly. Not only will the production of “Prints” offer a play that will reach out to audiences across the age spectrum, it also offers a look into an incident from Minnesota history inspiring a greater desire to learn more about Minnesota in the 1930’s. This production will draw first time theatergoers as well as seasoned theater audiences. In order to gauge our ability to reach outcomes we will utilize audience, cast and crew surveys. Surveys will be conducted through SurveyMonkey, making it easily accessible to both audience members, cast and crew. These surveys will be available opening night of the first show through the end of the summer season. This will allow audiences adequate time to go online and complete the quick survey. The cast and crew will also participate in a talk-back with the Artistic Director Zach Curtis and the Business Manager Tracy Klefsas to address how participating in this show contributed to their professional development and career.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Participants felt challenged by this show and gave our actors and technical artists the opportunity to incorporate video and projection details into the show. Artists very much appreciated that this was a professional production and that all principal players were paid for their performance. 22% of our audience did fall into the younger demographic we had targeted, but overall our audience numbers were smaller than expected.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
George McConnell, Mary Knox-Johnson, Aspen Easterling, Tom Lucas, Lynn Johnson, Holly Nelson, Ron Gangeness, Chris Keenan, Steve Berard
Project Overview
Arts/Cultural Heritage Grant
Project Details
Funds will assist the Paul Bunyan Playhouse to bring to the stage the dark, but often hilarious tale, of the 1935 kidnapping of William Hamm in “Prints.”
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Inc.
Street Address
314 Beltrami Ave NW
Zip Code
(218) 751-7270
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
Justin Holley: Literary Artist, Musician, Theatrical Artist; Jill Johnson: Literary Artist, Musician; Sandra Roman: Arts Educator, Visual Artist, Literary Artist; Malotte Backer: Potter, Visual Artist, Arts Advocate; Nancy Brown-Colligan: Theatrical Artist, Choreographer; Delina White: Bead Artist, Regalia Artist, Dancer, Musician.