Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Granite Area Arts Council
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Lac qui Parle
Big Stone
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Goal 1) Granite Area Arts Council will replace 16 windows on the upper level of the K.K. Berge Building. Goal 2) Decrease our energy costs through increased energy efficiency. We will measure the energy savings through a comparison of our monthly utility bills. This savings will be calculated by using the figures from the 2014 fiscal year and comparing them to 2015 by creating a matrix as our evaluation tool.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Base year natural gas costs for 2014 were $1,524. Following the completion of the project, 2015 actual natural gas costs decreased to $1,246 in 2015 and are estimated to be approximately $1,033 for 2016. The other positive outcome involved rental income, which increased from $6,725 in the 2014 base year and increased by more than 40% in 2015 to $9,650 and is projected to increase again in 2016 to $10,500. The reduced costs and increased income will increase the funds available for arts programming and have a significant impact in the area.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Tamara Isfeld, Peg Furshong, LaVonne Saquilan, Diane Ladner, Beverly Tellefsen
Project Overview
Project Details
Replace upper windows in building
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Granite Area Arts Council
Street Address
PO Box 111
Granite Falls
Zip Code
(320) 226-3479
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Jane Link: visual artist, Milan Village Arts School founding member, Milan Community Education, Greater Milan Initiative; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Kathy Fransen: musician, theatre, Rhythm of the River coordinator; Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council Advisory Board; Kate Aydin: retired educator, developed a curriculum focused on the visual arts, literature, and modern and traditional music of Spain and Latin America; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Vice President of Marshall Area Stage Company; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, founding member and president, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Susan Marco: writer, High School English and creative writing teacher; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, board member Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Ellen Copperud: retired language arts teacher, theatre director; Dan Wahl: visual artist, musician, theater, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasure, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County board; Sydney Massee; visual artist, theatre, Lac qui Parle Valley School Districts board.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Sydney Massee; visual artist, theatre, Lac qui Parle Valley School Districts board; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts board; Peg Furshong: performing arts administration, Granite Area Arts Council board; Tom Rice: arts advocate, Appleton Æ52 Wing Restoration Committee.