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

ACHF Arts Access

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

The major goal of the Senior Center Mural Project is to feature the work of local artist, Scott Gunvaldson, on a mural on the exterior of the Fergus Falls Senior Center. It will cover up a previous mural of ScottÆs done in 2001 which is peeling and faded. His work will be done in collaboration with the International Council on Active AgingÆs ''Changing the Way We Age'' Campaign to depict a positive view of aging and fight stereotypes of decline and diminished value that perpetuate age discrimination in todayÆs society. ScottÆs work will imprint the fact upon his audience that revering one age while reviling another is harmful to society and that we are but a sum of all our parts, and that we need them all. He will also imprint his mastery of painting on the volunteers of all ages that work with him on the mural. In addition to this, another goal is to reach as many people as possible with this mural and its message, hence the exterior location and videotaping by PEG Access Television, and posting on BingTV.com. It is also being done in honor of our 25th anniversary of becoming incorporated.We will measure the Senior Center Mural Project goals by pre- and post-questionnaires of the volunteers who helped paint the mural project. We will compare the two questionnaires by a number instead of a name in case they choose to stay anonymous (still making it optional for them to identify themselves). We will be looking for their experience in the arts and what they learned artistically by working on this project. We will also question them what the mural is ôsayingö by questioning them on their perception of aging prior to and after working and discussing the project as they worked on it. We will also measure its reach by whether or not it catches the attention of the International Council on Active AgingÆs ôChanging the Way We Ageö Campaign and is held up as a model champion project. We will also keep count of the number of ôhitsö and ôlikesö on the video of the project which will be posted on BingTV.com.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The evaluation results were positive from the in-person encounters, comments, and body language of passersby who always seem to notice the mural. Evaluation will be taking place long after this report is due on the Internet and through activities by the I

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Allegra Anderson, Arlen Wahl, Audrey Brown, Carol Donley, Carolyn Johnson, Eleanor Auseth, Helen Pederson, Hilding Tjaden, Irvin Sandahl, Jean Lemmon, Jean Zahler, Jim Tenneson, Loren Richards, Mae Harthun, Virginia Robertson
Project Overview
Scott Gunvaldson mural
Project Details
To create a public art on positive aging with a mural painting designed and painting Scott Gunvaldson with volunteers.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program
Street Address
115 Lincoln Ave W
Fergus Falls
Zip Code
(218) 736-6842
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Gary Hendrickson: former professor of literature; Nancy Berns: radio voice actor, costumer, vocal director, choral singer; Stan Goldade: High School math instructor, photographer, sculptor; Carolyn Aarsvold: retired elementary music educator, violinist; Kari Kjesbo: former gallery manager and catering business owner; Pagyn Harding: literary artist and publisher author; Jane Gudmundson: retired gallery manager Minnesota State University-Moorhead, artist in residence; Carolyn Flieder: fiber artist, former quilt shop owner; Amy Schmidt: literary and visual artist, bookstore owner; Jimmy Schryver: professor of Art History at University of Minnesota-Morris; Kari Adams: graphic designer, printmaker; Dick DuBord: retired professor of Social Work at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, visual artist-wood; Paul Schoenack: regional actor, director, radio voice actor; Rebecca Mitchell: glass studio owner, community outreach coordinator for the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.
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 Kjsebo: former manager of the Underbrush Art Gallery, estate sale manager; Carolyn Aarsvold, elementary music teacher at Alexandria School for 10 years, owner of Geneva Beach Resort; Kari Adams: graphic designer with University Relations at University of Minnesota- Morris; Paul Schoenack: actor, director, and makeup artist, independent contract writer and trainer; Jimmy Schryver: Assistant Professor of Art History at University of Minnesota- Morris; Amy Schmidt: visual and literary artist, owner of used bookstore, volunteer president of Three Rivers Arts Council; Rebecca Mitchell: stained glass artist, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, owner of The Glass Lady Studio; Carolyn Flieder: former social worker for Lutheran Social Services, former owner of a Quilt Shop/Bed and Breakfast business, fiber artist, visual artist; Pagyn Harding: literary artist, author, volunteer for arts organizations as grant writer/publicity coordinator/administrator; Jane Gudmundson: retired Gallery Manager at Minnesota State University- Moorhead, former Education Director at Plains Art Museum; Nancy Berns: board member for Alexandria Area Arts Association Board and the IDS 206 Center for the Arts Focus Group, vocalist, choir director; Dick DuBord: retired Social Work professor for 27 years, Minnesota State University- Moorhead, wood carver and sculptor, Ottertail County alternate.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed