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Local Arts Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Tonantzin Tlalli Guadalupe
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2016
End Date
September 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The ultimate goal of Tonantzin Tlalli Guadalupe is to fulfill their mission to educate the public and community members about the culture and traditions of the Aztec people; with the intent to foster tolerance and acceptance of others, promote goodwill, and cultivate peace and harmony among all nationalities. This will be done through an enrichment program of interpretive dance and education on core values in life and by having all members of the group dressed in the native costumes, using traditional instruments. While tolerance, peace, and harmony are hard to measure, it is hoped that through continuing performances reaching a broader audience, those values will be thought about in greater capacity. Also, the desire is for people to have a new awareness of their neighbors, change their attitude if needed to one of welcome and acceptance, and to recognize and focus on similarities instead of differences. Feedback will be sought from event planners regarding comments heard about each performance. Interviews with dance participants will be conducted to verify how their outreach has progressed.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Performance expectations were well met and favorable comments were given regarding the authenticity of the costumes, head dress, and dance techniques. Audience members, which often included a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, felt the performance was quite enlightening and educational, especially to some children who were being exposed to the culture of the Mexican nation for the very first time. This is the essence of the mission statement of Tonantzin Tlalli Guadalupe which is to educate the public and community members about the culture and traditions of the Aztec people.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Bernardo Alvarez, Elastico Pacas
Project Overview
Local Arts Initiative
Project Details
Culture Share: costume purchase
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Tonantzin Tlalli Guadalupe
Street Address
1416 3rd Ave
Zip Code
(507) 350-9907
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Georgette Jones: literature teacher, theatre actor/director/teacher; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Kathy Fransen: musician, theatre, Rhythm of the River coordinator; Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Kate Aydin: retired educator; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Marshall Area Stage Company; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Susan Marco: writer, former High School English/creative writing teacher; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Anne O’Keefe-Jackson: human resources director, bead and quill artist; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County; Brett Lehman: Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association; Reggie Gorter: vocalist, theatre, voice/dance teacher; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Scott Tedrick: journalist, Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization, theatre director/actor.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Craig Edwards: potter; Chad Felton: Music and theatre artist; Paula Nemes: Theatre artist, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council board member; Jane Nygaard: Arts appreciator; Janet Olney: Visual artist, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council board member; Tom Wirt: Visual artist, Southwest Minnesota Arts Council board member.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed