Community Arts Access Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Central Lakes College Foundation
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
April 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,700
Direct expenses
$6,700
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Poet's Reading attendance of 250 and workshop attendance of 50 for the Brainerd events; the morning event at Long Prairie High School will involve 250+ students, as well as attending faculty, staff, and community members and families. Increase in non-student attendance by 15% over previous event. 3. 85% of workshop attendees who respond to the survey will agree or strongly agree that the reading and workshop has added value to their lives and changed attitudes about literary art. Also, we intend to enhance media coverage of the Verse Like Water events. We will measure our goals by the following: Taking attendance and participation counts at the reading and workshop. We will survey audience members/workshop participants and ask them if they are a student of the college, area high school, or a member of the community at large, then tally the results. On the aforementioned mentioned survey, we will enlist the Likert scale. There will also be questions, both numerical and open-ended, to see if audience members might have been changed regarding how they feel about the arts, poets, and poetry, which is what this entire project is trying to illuminate as well as quality of life. A second evaluation tool will be designed for the students of Long Prairie-Eagle High School, as well as the community members that come. The auditorium provides nearly 600 seats, and there are 250 students (35% of which are Latino). This means we will have room for many community members that could come from this area, as well as Melrose. Surveys will be distributed to community members after the event, as well as in classrooms, and assistance will be provided by Mr. Michael Guiemela, an English teacher and poetry enthusiast there. We will track and document media coverage. This is likely to be state-wide news, we anticipate coverage by MPR, as well as Lakeland Public Television. Lakeland Public Television is creating a Common Ground documentary on Verse Like Water, which will include this event as well as the Terrance Hayes event of October 2015.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Successfully facilitated and provided access to a quality literary arts activity for the community. Participation exceeded expectations and majority of participants indicated a positive artistic experience.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Community Arts Access Project
Project Details
Verse Like Water: the visiting poet program at Central Lakes College
Project Manager
First Name
Pam
Last Name
Thomsen
Organization Name
Central Lakes College Foundation
Street Address
501 College Dr W
City
Brainerd
State
MN
Zip Code
56401
Phone
(218) 855-8129
Email
pthomsen@clcmn.edu
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Sue Johnson: retired music teacher and arts activist; Peg Churchwell: graphic designer and artistic community leader; Don Hoffman: photographer, active in men's chorus and community theatre; Fred Rogers: community theatre activist; Lauren Nickisch: retired music teacher, community arts leader; Cathy Hartle: Retired Comunity Development Specialist and nonprofit consultant; Millie Engisch: Graphic artist, and nonprofit arts organization leader; Laura Hansen: Literary artist and community arts leader; Cathy Hartle: retired community development professional and arts advocate; Kayleen Horsma: practicing visual artist and arts supporter; Michael Sander: Former professional theater critic and theater activist; Mark Turner: Five Wings Arts Council Staff with over 20 yearsÆ experience in arts administration.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Sue Johnson: retired music teacher and arts activist; Peg Churchwell: graphic designer and artistic community leader; Don Hoffman: photographer, active in men's chorus and community theatre; Fred Rogers: community theatre activist; Lauren Nickisch: retired music teacher, community arts leader; Cathy Hartle: Retired Comunity Development Specialist and nonprofit consultant; Millie Engisch: Graphic artist, and nonprofit arts organization leader; Laura Hansen: Literary artist and community arts leader; Cathy Hartle: retired community development professional and arts advocate; Kayleen Horsma: practicing visual artist and arts supporter; Michael Sander: Former professional theater critic and theater activist; Mark Turner: Five Wings Arts Council Staff with over 20 yearsÆ experience in arts administration.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No