Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Nordic Culture Clubs
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
February 2013
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Clay
Becker
Otter Tail
Wilkin
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Cultural Heritage

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$35,110
Direct expenses
$41,110
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Our goal for the Nordic Culture Clubs and this project is to perpetuate, enrich and educate the community about different Scandinavian heritage groups by partnering with the 6 local Scandinavian groups (Red River Danes, Red River Finns, Fargo-Moorhead Icelandic Klub, Sons of Norway, Swedish Heritage Society and the Saami Circle). By presenting a professional high-quality artists and performances that represent both old and new world Scandinavian heritage. The funding from this project will support the overall festival goals. The overall project includes artists, musicians, educators/presentations, children’s activities and traditional cuisine for the attendees to experience and celebrate the culture and heritage of Scandinavia. Involving the audience and maximizing their sensory experience will in-turn create a more meaningful encounter with Scandinavian culture, traditions, and heritage.We used surveys of the attendees to better understand the impact of the festival on arts, culture, and their overall impressions. We also took the time to understand how people heard about the festival and their motives for coming to such an event including their geographical location.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This year, we were able to continue our efforts in expanding our outreach and making this festival more regional, creating a draw to the Fargo-Moorhead area. Although our information does reflect that festival is primarily a local festival, we are seeing an increase in regional draw over time. Many of our vendors and performers traveled a further distance to take part in this festival coming from Canada, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and some as far as California. Our overall numbers of festival participants increased by almost one thousand individuals, we have reached many individuals that were new to the festival as well as the Hjemkomst Center. Word of mouth and the newspapers appear to be the most common forms of retaining information, but we have also made considerable increases in our online presence for both the Nordic Culture Club and Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Brenda Wassberg, Dawn Morgan, Deb Feyh, Evonne Anderson, Frode Tilden, Jerry Liddle
Project Overview
36th Annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival
Project Details
To present new entertainment, Dance troupe from Iowa and singers from Norway.
Project Manager
First Name
Lois
Last Name
Sullivan
Organization Name
Nordic Culture Clubs
Street Address
202 1st Ave N
City
Moorhead
State
MN
Zip Code
56560
Phone
(218) 299-5452
Email
lois@nordiccultureclubs.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Amy Schmidt: literary and visual artist, bookstore owner; Carolyn Aarsvold: retired elementary music educator, violinist; Carolyn Flieder: fiber artist, former quilt shop owner; Christian Boe: former director of Traverse County Social Services, musician, art advocate; Donald Clark: professor at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, photographer; Jane Gudmundson: retired gallery manager Minnesota State University-Moorhead, artist in residence; Kari Adams: graphic designer, printmaker; Kari Kjesbo: former gallery manager and catering business owner; Michael Eble; professor and gallery curator, University of Minnesota-Morris, visual artist; Nancy Berns: radio voice actor, costumer, vocal director, choral singer; Pagyn Harding: literary artist and published author; Rebecca Davis: international classical pianist and teacher, graduate and former instructor of The Julliard School; Stan Goldade: High School math instructor, photographer, sculptor; Timothy Ray: actor, director, technical director, musician-performer; Dick DuBord (alternate): former Lakes Region Arts Council Board member, visual artist-wood.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Nancy Berns: radio voice actor, costumer, vocal director, choral singer; Timothy Ray: actor, director, technical director, musician-performer; Stan Goldade: High School math instructor, photographer, sculptor; Carolyn Aarsvold: retired elementary music educator, violinist; Donald Clark: professor at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, photographer; Kari Kjesbo: former gallery manager and catering business owner; Pagyn Harding: literary artist and published author; Jane Gudmundson: retired gallery manager at Mankato State University-Moorhead, artist in residence; Rebecca Davis: international classical pianist and teacher, graduate and former instructor at The Julliard School; Christian Boe: former director Traverse County Social Services, musician, art advocate; Carolyn Flieder: fiber artist, former quilt shop owner; Amy Schmidt: literary and visual artist, bookstore owner; Michael Eble: professor and gallery curator, University of Minnesota-Morris, visual artist; Kari Adams: visual artist, graphic designer, printmaker; Dick DuBord: retired Professor Social Work at Mankato State University-Moorhead, visual artist-wood.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No