Minnesota's Legacy

Community Arts Support Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
February 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Aitkin
Becker
Beltrami
Blue Earth
Carver
Cass
Clay
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Dakota
Faribault
Hennepin
Hubbard
Itasca
Koochiching
Lake of the Woods
Otter Tail
Pennington
Polk
Ramsey
Redwood
Rice
St. Louis
Stearns
Yellow Medicine
Aitkin
Becker
Beltrami
Blue Earth
Carver
Cass
Clay
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Dakota
Faribault
Hennepin
Hubbard
Itasca
Koochiching
Lake of the Woods
Otter Tail
Pennington
Polk
Ramsey
Redwood
Rice
St. Louis
Stearns
Yellow Medicine
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
$6,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$6,000
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Audience knowledge base and concert experience will be deepened through expanded educational programming. Demographics of our audiences will be broadened through targeted marketing and other strategies. Our quality of governance, our artistic product, and our operational efficiencies will be improved as a result of formalizing policies, evaluating and updating the role and scope of board committees, and gathering and using feedback to inform decision-making. Selected audiences will provide feedback, either via talk-back sessions or surveys, on the extent of change in their level of music knowledge and appreciation. We will track changes in audience sizes and cities of residence. Selected rostered musicians will document experiences with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra either via interviews or email questionnaire. An evaluation by board members will assess the clarity and effectiveness of board committee work as well as improvements in policy-driven decision-making.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Our board manual formalized our governance and hands-on operations, with sections like mission and planning, budget and fundraising, operational procedures, history and growth. We accessed affordable legal counsel from Saint Paul which gave direction in policy writing. Strengthening our administrative side strengthened the music programming side, thereby inspiring confidence in our artistic vision and fueling our vibrancy and boldness—in short, what our musicians and audience love and expect from us.

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Mary Auger, Alicia Cloose, Julia Conlon, Nancy Haugen, Ann Hayes, Louise Jackson, Ann Long Voelkner, Jeb Monge, Karl Mork, Cyrus Pansch, Sue Rosselet, Stu Rosselet
Project Overview
Community Arts Support Grant
Project Details
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra requests funding toward Executive Director position.
Project Manager
First Name
MaryAnne
Last Name
Wilimek
Organization Name
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra
Street Address
PO Box 3136
City
Bemidji
State
MN
Zip Code
56619
Phone
(218) 444-7914
Email
bso@bemidjisymphony.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Justin Holley: Author; Natalie Grosfield: Musician, actor; Joseph Allen: Professor of Art, photographer, traditional Native crafts artist; Jill Johnson: Author, musician; Sandra Roman: Art teacher, author; Gayle Highberg: Painter; Lowell Wolff: Photographer; Jane Merschman: K-12 teacher, actor, director; Mary Hilbrand: Musician; Joanne Kellner: Arts administrator, puppeteer.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Justin Holley: Author;Deane Johnson: Musician; Joseph Allen: Professor of Art, photographer, traditional Native crafts artist; Jill Johnson: Author, musician; Sandra Roman: Art teacher, author; Gayle Highberg: Painter; Jane Merschman: K-12 teacher, actor, director; Joanne Kellner: Arts administrator, puppeteer.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No