Minnesota Festival Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lady Slipper Scenic Byway, Inc.
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
September 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
St. Louis
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
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota festivals have greater financial stability and serve broader audiences. The number of Minnesotans who experience the arts through festivals increases. Head counts and estimates, along with the number of festival guides distributed, will be used to approximate attendance. A formal evaluation survey will give us information about what advertising methods were effective and what elements of the festival were most enjoyable.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We expected twenty-five artists, 300 youth, and 1,000 adults. We had fifty-eight artists, 150 youth and 380 adults. We had a great response to our call for artists, and the funding helped us hire a variety of talented local visual artist-presenters and musicians. We had volunteers helping with children’s activities who gave numbers of participating youth. We, as a group, estimated attendance based on the number of people on the bus tours, periodic head counts at the festival music area, and the number of festival guides distributed. The borders of the festival are permeable, making exact counts impossible. The grant enabled us to increase and expand our advertising and invest in durable goods for future festivals. The ability to have a formal evaluation yielded information about what methods of advertising are most effective and which aspects of the festival were most enjoyed by attendees. These measures will save thousands of dollars for future festivals and will help us shape future festival events. We were able to increase and diversify our advertising to reach a greater audience. Posters and bookmarks were distributed statewide. The reusable billboard increased local awareness. We targeted art, nature, and music lovers as last year, but with a wider distribution of publicity. Statistically, there were no significant changes from 2011 to 2012 in almost all parameters measured, although we observed an older audience who did not like the walking art tour. There was an increase in the number of people who said they would return to the area who had traveled more than fifty miles. 2: Because this is a new festival, the attendees represent an increase in the number of people who experience the arts. Advertising brought in people from a much broader area than in 2011, but we feel the overall attendance was impacted because of more local events on the same weekend and rain at the beginning of the day.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Mike Supan - president, Shirley Gilmore - vice president, Sally Fineday - treasurer, Nancy Salminen - secretary, George-Ann Maxson, Mary Ann Nip, Kristen Majkrzak, Steve Ross, Deb Davis-Hudak, Eileen Menefee
Project Overview
Minnesota Festival Support
Project Details
The Lady Slipper Festival will celebrate Minnesota's state flower, the Showy Lady Slipper. Held in the city of Blackduck and on the Leech Lake Reservation, June 23-24, the festival will feature art, music, and information about the flower and the scenic b
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lady Slipper Scenic Byway, Inc.
Street Address
PO Box 1306
Zip Code
(218) 835-7826
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002., Peggy Burnet, Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Michael Charron, Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Patricia Canelake: Artist; Anastasia Faunce: Program director, University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Editor, Open to Interpretation series.; Lori Janey: Design engineer, Seagate Technology. Board chair, Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater. Fundraising and volunteer management, Wishes for the Sky.; Wendy LaRoque-Lundin: Native American fiber artist and educator.; David Machacek: Executive director, ArtOrg. Visual artist.; Fiona MacNeill: Academic Technologist for the Arts, Carleton College. New media/performance artist and curator.; Barbara Mollberg: Dean of Liberal Arts, Rochester Community and Technical College.; Mary Ann Okner: Performing artist and educator.; Sharon Stark: Executive secretary, Little Theatre of Owatonna. Administrative Assistant, Owatonna Arts Center.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed