Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage
ACHF Arts Access
With the funding I plan to purchase a quality printing press, rollers and other printmaking materials to get back into working with a medium that I have been unable to do for many years. The purchase of these materials will allow me to advance to the next stage of my career as an exhibiting artist. My plan is to research and create a series of large scale monoprint-mixed media prints that will be part of 2 solo shows at the PRCA and LRAC Solo Gallery in 2014. With the purchase of this equipment and material I will also be able to teach a printmaking class during the 2014 Prairie Camp, the week long summer arts camp for school aged children in the Morris area.As this is a renovation project, evaluation becomes slightly more challenging. We aim to evaluate this project through a couple of methods: 1. Quantitative evaluation of our actual project completion outcomes versus benchmark data from before the project. 2. Quantitative evaluation of post project participation levels versus benchmark data from before the project. 3. Qualitative evaluation of post project completion surveys and member response weighed against community needs identified at the projects genesis. 4. Qualitative evaluation through a survey of our participants, including 65% of respondents providing positive summative feedback on the space, its effectiveness and usability. Respondent pool will include both participants (directors, students, designers who use the space) as well as Alexandria Area Arts Association members.
The evaluation results were unilaterally high. We wanted 65% of respondents to give positive summative feedback and received 95%. We also learned much through the evaluation process, including the need for greater break out spaces, and that most respondents didn't like the support pillars in the room (though structurally there is nothing we can do about that - we did invest in new, much smaller support columns). Additional comments included the desire for mirrors for movement work, and sound-proofing the room. However, one respondent summed up the space thusly: ''Can't wait until the flooring is in! Was great to have a place for the larger group to sprawl out in, and access to the basement bathrooms and board room (where lunch was served) made it very handy. The only downside was how loud the little footsteps from the Jungle Book Cast were when they thundered above us on break from rehearsal - though how fun to have that many people in the theatre at one time.''
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