Minnesota's Legacy

Community Arts Support Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,882
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Visual Arts Minnesota
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
June 2011
End Date
May 2012
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,882
Other Funds Leveraged
$38,999
Direct expenses
$45,881
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

We have had more success with our art exhibitions and receptions based on immediate feedback at the events. The exhibitions are professionally put together, with ample space between pieces, proper labeling, appropriate lighting, and great placement. The reception ceremonies are community builders and provide insight to the artistic process. Staff and board members are available and approachable. We were given recognition in our online efforts to drive traffic to our website, the Around the Cloud website and social media. We are seen everywhere" when we use social media to emphasize where and when we are. We seem bigger than we are to organizations and individuals outside the St Cloud area. We were given a nod for our use of social media by HBH Consultants (January 2012). Artists are appreciating our persistent sharing of information through the use of our website, e-newsletter and social media.Visual Arts Minnesota has streamlined the survey methods this year, in order to capture the qualitative and quantitative satisfaction of participants in our programs. Efficiency is key in this effort, due to limited staffing resources. We offer opportunities for discussion, conversation or suggestions throughout the year, in hopes to reach new audiences (both new artists and new viewers). Participation levels (numbers of artists or viewers) are consistent, but we have very little room to grow. Yet the artists are "revolving" as they move onto new levels in their career. That's a good thing."

Measurable Outcome(s)

We isolated our most successful and necessary programs, in order to make the most out of our staff time, fund raising efforts and impact on artists and community members. Seeing the demand of our services to other community groups, especially in the summe

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Ellen Nelson, Kara Poissant, Lara Erickson, Colin Jarrell, Rhonda Fitzsimmons, John Uphoff, Kurtis Neu, Mary Bruno
Project Overview
Community Arts Support - Visual Arts Producing and Service Organization
Project Details
Visual Arts Minnesota provides high quality exhibitions, informative workshops and resources, and networking opportunities for visual artists from Minnesota. We serve adult artists from throughout the state and young artists from Central Minnesota.
Project Manager
First Name
Heidi
Last Name
Steadman
Organization Name
Visual Arts Minnesota
Street Address
913 W St Germain St PO Box 972
City
St Cloud
State
MN
Zip Code
56301-3460
Phone
(320) 253-5293
Email
vam@visualartsminnesota.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Mike Carlson: Foley High School Art Teacher, potter; Janice Courtney: Arts Advisor/Assistant Director of St. Cloud State University Program Board; P.J. Fanberg: Executive Director of Land Of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of St Benedicts/St John's University Fine Arts Series; Chris Rasmussen: retired Foley Senior High School art teacher, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Board Member and College of St Benedicts/St John's University Fine Arts Programming Advisory Council Member; John Stander: Executive director for Elk River Arts Alliance, school administrator; Peter Veljkovich: served on the Littleton Fine Arts Committee and as county representative for the South Suburban Arts Committee, Fine Arts Photographer, Writer, Disc Jockey; Helene Woods: Board Member of the Monticello Arts Council; Sharon Tracy: Coon Rapids High School Humanities and English Teacher; Charlene Sul: Art Director for Hands Across the World, facilitator, Art Lecturer.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Mike Carlson: Foley High School Art Teacher, potter; Janice Courtney: Arts Advisor/Assistant Director of Saint Cloud State University Program Board; P.J. Fanberg: Executive Director of Land Of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Fine Arts Series; Chris Rasmussen: retired Foley Senior High School art teacher, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Board Member and College of Saint Benedicts/Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming Advisory Council Member; John Stander: Executive Director for Elk River Arts Alliance, school administrator; Peter Veljkovich: served on the Littleton Fine Arts Committee and as county representative for the South Suburban Arts Committee, Fine Arts Photographer, Writer, Disc Jockey; Helene Woods: Board Member of the Monticello Arts Council; Sharon Tracy: Coon Rapids High School Humanities and English Teacher; Charlene Sul: Art Director for Hands Across the World, facilitator, Art Lecturer.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No