Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,380
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Athena O. Kildegaard
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
May 2015
End Date
April 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Stevens
Otter Tail
Wilkin
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,380
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$6,380
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To do research, using primary source materials, about the history of the prairie, with particular emphasis on the Minnesota prairie, To complete a series of poems about women's experience on the prairie over a period of 150 years, To write other poems that would accompany that series in what will be a complete draft of a new book, To lead three free writing workshops for people at all ages and skill levels in three communities in the Lake Region Arts Council region, To provide a free performance in those three communities with musician Patty Kakac. Critical reflection on how the ''Prairie Daughter'' poem series develops over the course of the grant will clarify how the project is progressing and where it needs to go to have a publishable book. I will also be sharing poems with a writing group that I've been a member of for over a decade. In addition, I will be sending work to journals, and success in placing the poems will be a measure of the poems' success (though, admittedly, this is a slow process and may happen outside the time frame of the grant). Response from audience members who hear some of the poems read will guide me in revision. Surveys after the workshops and performances will reveal the degree to which participants were satisfied and whether they felt they had learned anything. After the first two performances, Kakac and Kildegaard will analyze the performance and make changes to improve it for the subsequent performance(s).

Measurable Outcome(s)

The surveys were overwhelmingly positive.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage
Project Details
To research and write poems on Minnesota prairie experience "Prairie Daughter," lead writing workshops and present three performances with music by Patty Kakac.
Project Manager
First Name
Athena
Last Name
Kildegaard
Organization Name
Athena O. Kildegaard
State
MN
Phone
(320) 349-0661
Email
the_ahs@hometownsolutions.net
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Jeannie Pederson: Pope County Family Collaborative Coordinator; Stan Goldade: High School math instructor, photographer, ceramicist, sculptor; Don Clark: Professor at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, photographer; Kari Kjesbo: former gallery manager and catering business owner; Mark Ryan: Plain Arts Museum Director of Collections and Operations; Carolyn Flieder: fiber artist, former quilt shop owner; Eric Abrahamson: Former stage manager, Historic Holmes Theatre and Board member Playhouse 412; Beth Salvatore: Publishing, graphic arts, humanities and music; AmyAnn Mursu: musician including piano, clarinet, tuba, and violin; Jim Arvidson: Graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute, community service volunteer; Minette Stalheim Johnson: Lay minister with degrees in Theology and English; Timothy Ray: Actor, director, technical director, musician-performer; Michael Eble: Professor and gallery curator at University of Minnesota-Morris, drawing and painting; Erin Gunderson: Library Branch Manager in Breckenridge, musician and artist; Nancy Berns: Former Lake Region Arts Council Board member, radio voice actor, costumer, vocal director, choral singer.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Jeannie Pederson: Pope County Family Collaborative Coordinator; Stan Goldade: High School math instructor, photographer, ceramicist, sculptor; Don Clark: Professor at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, photographer; Kari Kjesbo: former gallery manager and catering business owner; Mark Ryan: Plain Arts Museum Director of Collections and Operations; Carolyn Flieder: fiber artist, former quilt shop owner; Eric Abrahamson: Former stage manager, Historic Holmes Theatre and Board member Playhouse 412; Beth Salvatore: Publishing, graphic arts, humanities and music; AmyAnn Mursu: musician including piano, clarinet, tuba, and violin; Jim Arvidson: Graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute, community service volunteer; Minette Stalheim Johnson: Lay minister with degrees in Theology and English; Michael Eble: Professor and gallery curator at University of Minnesota-Morris, drawing and painting; Erin Gunderson: Library Branch Manager in Breckenridge, musician and artist; Nancy Berns: Former Lake Region Arts Council Board member, radio voice actor, costumer, vocal director, choral singer.
Conflict of Interest Contact
Lake Region Arts Council, Maxine Adams (218) 739-5780