Minnesota Festival Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rock Bend Folk Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2012
End Date
September 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Le Sueur
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. The variety and number of Minnesota artists that are presented through festivals increases. We evaluate the audience number and ask the vendors, the police, and various audience members for estimates. We conducted a survey, and we did audience sampling by wandering and counting.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We added one new funding source, as planned. We increased our audience in the target demographic (ages 10 - 30) from 2,000 to 2,100--a new record for us. The Minnesota State Arts Board grant allowed Rock Bend Folk Festival great flexibility, and we lined up artists (the Green Cards, Pert Near Sandstone, Shakti, Good Night Gold Dust) that would appeal to people aged 10 to 30. The grant also allowed us to address our major past audience complaint: the quality of the sound system. A young Mankato man and his high-tech equipment, at double our previous expense, addressed this issue. Audience members, musicians, and committee members report this was a fabulous improvement. 2: The goal was to exceed our record of 13,000, set last year, and estimates place this year's festival at 13,100 - a new record. We also have two new board members selected for next year from the target demographic, meeting that goal. The target demographic of people aged 10-30 also increased, to 2,100.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
John Ganey, Kris Higginbotham, Margo Ross, Megan Lynn, Ron Arsenault, Mike Lange, Dawn Devens, Trudi Olmanson, Krista Wilkowske
Project Overview
Minnesota Festival Support
Project Details
Saint PeterÆs Rock Bend Folk Festival, September 8-9, will feature more than twenty established and emerging folk musicians on two stages. In addition, more than 35 local visual artists will add to the festival environment in Minnesota Square Park.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rock Bend Folk Festival
Street Address
PO Box 222
St Peter
Zip Code
(507) 327-6188
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