Folk and Traditional Arts
ACHF Cultural Heritage
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.
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.
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