Minnesota Festival Support
ACHF Cultural Heritage
We will provide a venue for Minnesota authors and organizations to present and promote their work and interact with over 6,000 members of the public. Rain Taxi will expand exhibit space and create more programming that features Minnesota authors and organizations, and survey participants afterwards for feedback. 2: We will increase attendance at the festival, providing opportunities for the public to interact with authors, publishers, and arts organizations. Rain Taxi will increase promotional efforts, including advertising, social media, and local business and community partnership, to make more Minnesotans aware of the Festival and the rich literary heritage of the state.
The Festival increased exhibit space to allow for more Minnesota authors and publishers to present their work to the general public with over 110 exhibitors and 32 local exhibiting authors. In the Local Lit Lounge, people mingled with over 20 Minnesota authors who had published recent titles, including the North Shore's Jim Northrup and Wendy Webb. Southeastern Minnesotan Howard Mohr presented his revised How To Talk Minnesotan. The Classics Old and New Panel featured Minnesota Book Award winners Marlon James and Alison McGhee. Writers at Work featured four local authors who face practical and creative issues of making a living at writing. The Minnesota Poetry Showcase presented recent work by four local poets, including Matt Rasmussen who was nominated for a National Book Award and award-winning poet Patricia Kirkpatrick. The Children's Pavilion hosted over a dozen local storytellers and artists including Mary Logue, Kurtis Scaletta, and SA Bodeen. 2: By increasing publicity and outreach through libraries and bookstores, the Festival drew in a record number of Minnesotans, with over 6300 attendees. Through a free raffle and surveys, we estimated that attendees represent over 175 zip codes across the state, with over 80% drawn by the main book fair. The average length of stay was over two hours. 90% said the Festival contributed significantly to the cultural vitality of the Twin Cities. The expanded space for the exhibit and Children's Pavilion, along with multiple food vendors, made the venue family friendly and allowed for a lengthy stay to take in the wide variety of literary diversity.
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