Minnesota's Legacy

Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,479
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Bethany Lacktorin
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
May 2016
End Date
September 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Pope
Stevens
Douglas
Pope
Stevens
Douglas
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,479
Other Funds Leveraged
$10,701
Direct expenses
$17,180
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To create a situation that facilitates an emotional reconnection to nature through sound, music and performance, to foster further opportunities for volunteerism, engagement, and community projects like this one. 1. I will be creating a website/performance blog that will be designed to track visits, shares and downloads. The number of participants, audience members and performers who visit the website’s performance blog, contribute to the conversation and download and/or share video and audio clips -- this continued post-show interaction and conversation will be an indicator of the level of effectiveness of the project as a catalyst for further opportunities for volunteerism, engagement, and community projects like this one. 2. The number of people who attend and participate in the shape-note 'open-singing' workshop who then return to see the performance will be an indicator of the success of my outreach and promotions efforts. 3. To measure the degree to which My Ocean has facilitated an emotional reconnection to nature through sound, music and performance a Q and A session and survey at the pre-showing in June will establish a base measurement of what participants learned in the workshop and how participants and performers feel about nature, specifically Ordway Prairie. A second Q and A and comparison survey will be taken after the premiere in August. I will ask participants and performers again how the overall experience has affected them with regard to music making, their connection to Ordway Prairie and how or if they feel any change in their personal connection to nature.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Out of 94 surveys a majority of survey-takers had spent time on the prairie before, were over 60 years old and have lived in a rural area for more than 5 years. The opposite is true for most of the performers. A majority of the performers surveyed didn't reside in rural areas, were under 50 years old and had either never spent time on a prairie before or had once or twice. A majority of all surveyed had travelled 25-49 miles to the performance, said 'yes,' they feel they have a stronger connection to nature, and a new understanding of the land and its history. When comparing resonating artistic elements of the performance there was a close tie between the storytelling and music while the interpreted nature walk itself as the format was what people related to most.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage
Project Details
To premiere a new, multidisciplinary, outdoor, site specific performance installation titled, "My Ocean," located at the Ordway Prairie nature preserve.
Project Manager
First Name
Bethany
Last Name
Lacktorin
Organization Name
Bethany Lacktorin
State
MN
Phone
(320) 278-3266
Email
lkjohanna@gmail.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Eric Abrahamson: Former stage manager at Historic Holmes Theatre, Board Member at Playhouse 412; Susan Kay: Retired Professor of American Studies, Retreat Coordinator at New York Mills Arts Retreat; Gregory DeGier: trumpet player for Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra and various ensembles and pit bands; Amy Ann Mursu: Musician, including piano, clarinet, tuba, and violin; Jim Arvidson: Graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute, community service volunteer; Jeannie Pladsen: Retired Payroll Manger at the University of Minnesota-Morris, community leader; Barbara Lent: Former photography studio, textile artist, owner of a quilting retreat center; Andrew Sletten: drummer, actor, organizer of community arts space and performance venue; Siobhan Bremer: Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Minnesota-Morris, regional equity actor, director, dancer; Jamie Beyer: marketing and graphic designer; Carolyn Flieder: fiber artist, former quilt shop owner; Stan Goldade: High School math instructor, photographer, ceramicist, sculptor; Erin Gunderson: Library branch Manager in Breckenridge, musician and artist; Carolyn Aarsvold: former Lake Region Arts Council Board member, retired instrumental music teacher.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Eric Abrahamson: Former stage manager at Historic Holmes Theatre, Board Member at Playhouse 412; Susan Kay: Retired Professor of American Studies, Retreat Coordinator at New York Mills Arts Retreat; Gregory DeGier: trumpet player for Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra and various ensembles and pit bands; Amy Ann Mursu: Musician, including piano, clarinet, tuba, and violin; Jim Arvidson: Graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute, community service volunteer; Jeannie Pladsen: Retired Payroll Manger at the University of Minnesota-Morris, community leader; Barbara Lent: Former photography studio, textile artist, owner of a quilting retreat center; Andrew Sletten: drummer, actor, organizer of community arts space and performance venue; Siobhan Bremer: Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Minnesota-Morris, regional equity actor, director, dancer; Jamie Beyer: marketing and graphic designer; Carolyn Flieder: fiber artist, former quilt shop owner; Stan Goldade: High School math instructor, photographer, ceramicist, sculptor; Erin Gunderson: Library branch Manager in Breckenridge, musician and artist; Carolyn Aarsvold: former Lake Region Arts Council Board member, retired instrumental music teacher.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No