Minnesota Festival Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rock Bend Folk Festival
Start Date
September 2013
End Date
September 2013
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

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To grow the festival, to serve a larger audience, and increase the number of Minnesotans who experience the arts through festivals. The number of Minnesotans who experience the arts through festivals increases. We aim to increase our audience from 13,500 to 13,750. 2: The festival has greater financial stability and serves a broader audience, so the festival will continue into the future. The festival has greater financial stability and serves a broader audience. We aim to increase the attendance for the 10 -- 30 age demographic from 2,200 to 2,400. If we succeed in increasing our audience, and in attracting the younger age group, our financial stability will be greater.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The number of Minnesotans who experience the arts through festivals increases. We aimed to increase our audience from 13,500 to 13,750. Met goal with attendance of 14,000. 2: The festival has greater financial stability and serves a broader audience. Aim was to increase audience in the 10-30 age demographic from 2,000 to 2,400. Did not meet goal, but did increase to 2,200.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Ron Arsenault, Dawn Devens, Steven Guse, John Ganey, Kris Higginbotham, Trudi Olmanson, Margo Ross, Megan Lano, Mike Lange, Krista Wilkowske
Project Overview
Rock Bend Folk Festival
Project Details
Rock Bend Folk Festival will present its 23rd regional festival featuring local artists and a large variety of folk musicians on two stages, September 7-8, 2013. The festival provides an opportunity for emerging and established folk artists to share their talents in a family friendly setting.
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: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. 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
Eileen Banks: Past board member, Minnesota Fringe Festival; Social Worker, Hennepin County; Stephanie Busiahn: Executive Director, Fairmont Convention and Visitors Bureau; Kelly Finnerty: Deputy Director of Programs, The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis; Faith Krogstad: Community organizer, Hamline Midway Coalition, St. Paul; festival and events coordinator; Leif Larsen: Producer, music events for MPR; advertising executive; Barbara Mollberg: Dean of Academic Affairs, Rochester Community and Technical College; Paul Robinson: Company Manager, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis; Margaret Vosburgh: Manager, Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, Worthington
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600