Folk and Traditional Arts

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Mary Kleven AKA MaryPat Kleven
Recipient Type
Start Date
November 2012
End Date
October 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Jump Start Your Fiddle will introduce old time fiddling to at least fifty people in Minnesota, and participants will learn an average of ten old time tunes. The evaluation will include tracking attendance at workshops and study sessions, and participants' pre- and post-surveys about their learning.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Over 190 Minnesota fiddlers liked Facebook pages or signed up for email notification list on JumpStart activities, up from 52 before the JumpStart program. I promoted twelve fiddle contests in Minnesota to the JumpStart lists; most coordinators reported increases in the number of participants. For example, thirty fiddlers competed in the Smity's Amateur Fiddlers' Contest in Big Lake, MN (up from 7 in 2012). The Minnesota State Fiddlers Association State Fair Fiddle Contest was full for the first time in sixteen years. The Minnesota State Fiddlers Association membership, which has dwindled in the past few years, has seen a surge of new members from the JumpStart program; some of whom are now serving on the board of directors.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Jump -Start Your Fiddle
Project Details
Klevan will introduce adult beginning fiddle players to the basics of old time fiddle music through her program, Jump-Start Your Fiddle, to provide the tools needed to continue learning and playing this timeless art form.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Mary Kleven AKA MaryPat Kleven
(402) 490-6710
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: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. 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
Elizabeth Bucheit: Visual artist, jewelry and metalwork; Nicolas Carter: Harpist, performer of Latin American music, Fulbright Scholar, Teaching artist; Tamara Nadel: Founding member, Ragamala Dance; Timothy Sparks: Musician, guitarist; Kimberly Sueoka: Vocalist, specializing in Hawaiian music; instructor and artist in residence; Gwen Westerman Wasicuna: Professor of English and humanities, Minnesota State University Mankato. Poet and fiber artist.; Greg Wright: Executive director, North House Folk School
Conflict of Interest Disclosed