Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Central Square, Inc. AKA The Central Square
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
June 2012
End Date
June 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To provide an opportunity for area residents to enjoy the music of a native Minnesotan who became a national recording artist, at an affordable price, without having to travel to the Cities. To provide a chance for amateur singer/guitarists and songwriters to meet Michael Johnson up close. To learn how to improve their craft in songwriting, and performance skills, as well as jam with him on stage at Central Square. To bring Michael Johnson's high quality performance to the intimate settings of the activity rooms in the 3 area nursing homes and connect elderly people to the arts. To broaden our audience to include at least 30 people who have never attended a concert here before. To support a concert artist in his career.We will ask people to identify themselves if they have ever attended an arts event at Central Square before when they purchase tickets. We will ask the Nursing Home Activity Directors to write a short essay concerning the comments they receive from the residents about the mini-concert after Michael has performed there. We will ask the participants of the workshop and jam session to complete a short written survey about their experience with Michael. We will conduct two minute interviews of random concert goers as they exit, using Central Square Board Members as Interviewers. Questions will include: 1) What made you decide to attend this performance? 2) How did you enjoy the concert/workshop? 3) What other kinds of arts events would you like to see at Central Square? 4) How do you feel about public funding for the arts, such as this concert which involved grant money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy grant? We will ask the participants of the pre-concert social hour at which there will be discussion of Michael Johnson's music history and genre and concert programming, how that activity impacted or enhanced their experience with the concert.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We were able to identify the people attending a Central Square for the first time and we have captured their names and addresses for future marketing. I have enclosed thank you notes from the Activity Directors who helped set up the Nursing Home mini-conc

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Barbara Kramber, Bill Jewett, Dorothy Jenum, Janet Domek, Karen Martinson, Secretary, Pam Knutson, Ron Erno, Sandra Josephs, Tom Olejnicak
Project Overview
Michael Johnson residency
Project Details
To present Singer/Songwriter Michael Johnson for 2 day residency, workshops and concerts.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Central Square, Inc. AKA The Central Square
Street Address
105 2nd Ave NE
Zip Code
(320) 634-0400
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Gary Hendrickson: former professor of literature; Nancy Berns: radio voice actor, costumer, vocal director, choral singer; Jane Gudmundson: retired gallery manager Minnesota State University-Moorhead, artist in residence; Pagyn Harding: literary artist and publisher author; Kari Adams: graphic designer, printmaker; Jimmy Schryver: professor of Art History at University of Minnesota-Morris; Kari Kjesbo: former gallery manager and catering business owner; Katherine Dahl: retired librarian at University of North Dakota-Grand Forks; Lorene McIntosh: retired art teacher; Carolyn Flieder: fiber artist, former quilt shop owner; Merlin Peterson: BA Theatre Arts, UM, director, set designer, owner of PopeArt performance space.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Gary Hendrickson: former Professor of Literature, former Senior Grant Officer at National Endowment for Humanities, Academic Dean at M State Fergus Falls; Kari Adams: graphic designer with University Relations at University of Minnesota- Morris; Nancy Berns: board member for Alexandria Area Arts Association Board and the IDS 206 Center for the Arts Focus Group, vocalist, choir director; Jane Gudmundson: retired Gallery Manager at Minnesota State University- Moorhead, former Education Director at Plains Art Museum; Jimmy Schryver: Assistant Professor of Art History at University of Minnesota- Morris; Kari Kjsebo: former manager of the Underbrush Art Gallery, estate sale manager; Katherine Dahl: retired reference librarian for various universities; Pagyn Harding: literary artist, author, volunteer for arts organizations as grant writer/publicity coordinator/administrator; Lorene McIntosh: art teacher (privately and in K-12 schools); Carolyn Flieder: former social worker for Lutheran Social Services, former owner of a Quilt Shop/Bed and Breakfast business, fiber artist, visual artist; Merlin Peterson: worked at Guthrie Theatre, director, lighting and set designer, owner of Pope Art, alternate Pope County.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed