Community Art Support
ACHF Arts Access
Beginning in the spring of 2014, the Elk River Area Arts Alliance will host performances on the dance floor in the gallery in order to achieve a better representation of the performing arts in the space. These may include performances by the Northern Ballet of Rogers and the Land of Lakes Choirboys, newly based out of Elk River. The space will also be used for monthly artist evaluations - a space for local artists to workshop pieces together. The Elk River Area Arts Alliance is also in the planning stages of a new children's series in the space that would involve screening a children's movie and creating artwork inspired by the film. The outdoor patio will be used to host raku pottery demonstrations/classes, as well as outdoor painting classes, and it is our goal to procure two new sculptures for the patio as the beginning of a sculpture garden.The proposed outcomes are ongoing events and will be evaluated by the appropriate committees and the Board in their year-end evaluations, prior to making recommendations for the following year. The Program committee will also evaluate each event as it happens and will make changes as necessary. These ongoing evaluations include the number of attendees, recorded sales, the quality of the event, and any written evaluations given by attendees. The Program Committee's year-end report is given to the Board of Directors, to be included in their annual evaluation of all programs. Additionally, the Board may discuss programs or events at its monthly meeting, which will be recorded in the Board's minutes. The Board is asked to have a presence at all events, and to obtain evaluative feedback from attendees.
We had monthly Artist Networking Meetings. These were attended by local artists and facilitated by an artist. They collaborated on ideas and gained input from others for their projects. A piece was created for our Sculpture Garden - the Soup Ladle. It has been a conversation starter and attracts the attention of drivers. We increased our effort and resources in ArtSoup this year with 3500 people attending. We had a huge variety of art represented for people to see and participate in.