Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$28,780
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Fergus Falls Center for the Arts, Inc. AKA A Center for the Arts
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
September 2014
End Date
May 2015
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Becker
Douglas
Grant
Pope
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$28,780
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$28,780
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Our goals for this project are: a. To use art, portraiture, costume design, and video to help people learn about the portrait process, and about a significant historical period and culture, the Viking Age. We will use this fresh and, we think, surprising approach to enliven a museum exhibit and engage people, b. To give the public and students opportunities to observe and interact with the artist as the project progresses, c. To produce for sale a project book, to provide visitors with memories of their museum experience and increase their appreciation of the role of art in learning about history. Grant funds will not be used for this, d. To produce a workbook to be used by area art classes, whose students can visit the museum. We will make the workbook available to the public as well.The A Center for the Arts Executive Director has attended measuring goals workshops across the state over the past 2 years. The best account is that funders are not accepting increase box office and smiles as measurement any longer. The difficulty was the conclusion at the end of the sessions where that consultants were also stymied as to what granting organizations want. Surveys are still acceptable, to some extent, but our audiences have become complacent. At the conclusion of the 2012/13 season Survey Monkey was used to contact the Center Series patrons and our e-mailing list. Over 1400 e-mails were sent, twice, with a response rate of 18. In the Executive Directors opinion the best workshop was conducted in Morris by Lakes Region Arts Council. The ideas were innovative and exciting but not yet acceptable to most granters. A Center for the Arts will, with our next show on the 13/14 season, experiment with those workshop ideas and suggestions from staff. Many low tech” for our patrons. We will include a red and a green piece of paper in every playbill at A Center for the Arts performances. At the end of the evening patrons will be asked to place one of the papers in a receptacle on the way out of the event. Green you enjoyed the show red you didn’t. We will palace a dry erase board in the lobby where patrons will be encouraged to put down one word to sum up the evenings offering resulting in a word bubble. A Center for the Arts will have in the playbill for each show and e-mail out at the end of the season a 5 question survey.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Overwhelmingly positive, we understand not everyone is going to like everything we do. As a matter of fact we hope not. We want to challenge our patrons with new and exciting programming. 1000 characters is far too small a space for the results please see the report.

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Ben Schierer, Deb Embretson, Deb Ferguson, Linda MacFarlane, Lisa Litt, Mark Helland, Mark Olmsted, Nancy Straw, Scott Wagnild, Stephen Rufer, Tim Hunt
Project Overview
Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage
Project Details
To provide funding for the main 7 show season and 4 On Stage concerts featuring world class artisans with education and community outreach September 2014 through May 2015.
Project Manager
First Name
Michael
Last Name
Burgraff
Organization Name
Fergus Falls Center for the Arts, Inc. AKA A Center for the Arts
Street Address
124 W Lincoln Ave
City
Fergus Falls
State
MN
Zip Code
56537
Phone
(218) 736-5453x 16
Email
ac4ta@fergusarts.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Eric Abrahamson: Business owner/painter, stage manager, actor; Pagyn Harding: literary artist, publisher/author; Mark Ryan: Plains Art Museum Director of Collections and Operations; Nancy Berns: Radio voice actor, costumer, vocal director, choral singer; Carolyn Aarsvold: Retired elementary music educator, violinist; Tim Ray: actor, director, technical director, musician-performer; Michael Eble: professor, gallery curator at University of Minnesota-Morris; Kari Adams: graphic designer, printmaker; Stan Goldade: High school math instructor, photographer, sculptor; Jim Arvidson; Susan Anderson: Art Advocate, Theatre and Art background.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Don Clark: Minnesota State University-Moorhead Professor, photography; Eric Abrahamson: Business owner/painter, stage manager, actor; Mark Ryan: Plain Art Museum Director of Collections and Operations; Pagyn Harding: literary artist, publisher/author; Nancy Berns: Radio voice actor, costumer, vocal director, choral singer; Carolyn Aarsvold: Retired elementary music educator, violinist; Tim Ray: actor, director, technical director, musician-performer; Kari Kjesbo: former gallery manager, catering business owner; Gary Henrickson: former professor of literature; Michael Eble: professor, gallery curator, University of Minnesota-Morris; Kari Adams: graphic designer, printmaker; Carolyn Flieder: fiber artist, former quilt shop owner; Amy Schmidt: literary artist, visual artist, bookstore owner; Randy Peterson Pope: Chiropractor, Arts Advocate; Jim Arvidson: Retired businessman, fundraiser, art advocate.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No