Folk and Traditional Arts

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ironworld Development Corporation AKA Minnesota Discovery Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The variety and number of folk and traditional arts activities in which Minnesotans can participate increases. The number of Minnesotans who participate in folk and traditional arts activities increases. The number of Minnesotans who teach or learn folk and traditional art forms increases.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project exposed this region to a top-level rag rug weaving exhibit and workshop opportunities for the first time in the region's history. Rag rug weaving is a form of art that is easily started. There aren't a lot of up-front costs and, while it takes many years to master, basic skills can be learned in a short time. Artists can begin seeing results right away. This project introduced this art form to a new generation of artists and strengthened the existing Fiber Arts Guild organization. There are more people creating and appreciating this art form because of this project. We measured comments from participants about whether they would continue to study and perform the art and if they attend further seminars/exhibits. We can now keep in contact with them about further education opportunities. Furthermore, the Fiber Arts Guild added new members, reactivated three old ones and made valuable new contacts with other rag rug enthusiasts and groups. 2: We asked participants if they had ever attended a seminar/class about rag rug weaving prior to this event and found that this event was unique to our region. Many had not attended any folk arts event prior to our event. We also asked participants which level they considered themselves to be at artistically. We also measured how many participants would be interested in further classes/seminars. A high number (over 85 %) indicated they were. Finally, we asked participants what they would do with the knowledge they learned. All of them indicated they were going to continue to explore the art form and/or join a group advocating and teaching the art. Finally, this project was a giant learning experience for the Fiber Arts Guild. They learned valuable skills in how to present and teach their art, how to generate interest and plan an event. They are already planning smaller events to continue to grow. This experience has taught them how to reach beyond their group and share their passion.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Harlan Tardy, Carly Melin, Paul Janssen, Rally Hess, Shelly Robinson, Jim Perunovich, Bonnie Fena, Darrin Stender, Lisa Kvas, Larry Killien.
Project Overview
Folk and Traditional Arts
Project Details
The Minnesota Discovery Center and the Range Fiber Arts Guild are partnering to present a six-month art exhibit featuring interactive displays of the rug weaving process, weaving's influence on regional art, and weaving's significance to the history and c
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ironworld Development Corporation AKA Minnesota Discovery Center
Street Address
1005 Discovery Dr
Zip Code
(800) 372-6437
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002., Peggy Burnet, Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Michael Charron, Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Jewell Arcoren: Program director, First Nations Composer Initiative.; Kristina Clark: Director of programs and exhibits, American Swedish Institute. Member of committee for the 2012 American Association of Museums conference in Minneapolis. Singer in Flickorna Fem.; Ruth Friedlander: Artist and educator.; Eva Maria Kish: Managing director and choreographer, Ethnic Dance Theatre. Concert Artistic Director, Carpathian Folk Festival (Minnesota Hungarians). Board of Directors, Minnesota Hungarians.; Phyllis May-Machunda: Cofounder and director of Training Our Campuses Against Racism. Facilitator, Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity. Folklorist, scholar, and educator.; Gwen Westerman Wasicuna: Professor of English and humanities, Minnesota State University Mankato. Poet and fiber artist.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed