Folk and Traditional Arts

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Mary P. Kleven AKA MaryPat Kleven
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
November 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Each fiddler attending one of the workshops will be able to play at least two of the four Elmo Wick tunes taught by the end of the session. The workshop will be videotaped and will include the participants learning the tunes and playing them at the end to demonstrate their mastery of at least two tunes.

Measurable Outcome(s)

It reached 31 workshop participants, 150 concert attendees, 26 musicians who recorded, taught and performed, 2164 YouTube views and 250 website hits. Organizers tracked registrations; did crowd counts for an unduplicated count of concert attendees. YouTube tracks views; Google Analytics tracks the hits on the Elmo Wick website page. A member of the Minnesota State Fiddlers Association (MSFA) served as the evaluator; distributing forms to participants and tallying results. MSFA board members were asked to listen to comments and to share them to the evaluator. Sessions were videotaped; a highlight is available at

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Folk and Traditional Arts
Project Details
Kleven will research early twentieth-century fiddle tunes notated by central Minnesota fiddler Elmo Wick, create a tune book, and hold three workshops to discuss and teach some of Wick’s heirloom tunes.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Mary P. Kleven AKA MaryPat Kleven
(402) 490-6710
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
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. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Jewell Arcoren: Community resources coordinator of Healing Place Collaborative; Rhonda Dass: Associate professor of anthropology and director of museum studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Mary Erickson: Fiber artist, museum exhibit researcher; Stanley Maroushek: Owner, Slim's Woodshed and Museum; Linda McShannock: Curator of textiles and clothing collection, Minnesota Historical Society; Scott Pollock: Director of exhibitions, collections and programs, American Swedish Institute
Conflict of Interest Disclosed