Minnesota Festival Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Square Lake Film and Music Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
November 2015
End Date
October 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

We are striving to create an audience for Minnesota filmmakers whose work might not otherwise be seen by a large audience and to couple that with a diverse artistic line-up. We measure this outcome through filmmaker submission surveys, surveys at the time of ticketing, and attendee surveys on site at the festival over the last three years. 2: Minnesotans gain an appreciation and awareness for a wide variety of underserved film mediums: animation, experimental, short documentary, and short narrative. To evaluate whether we have increased the variety and number of Minnesota artists presented, we measure new attendee ticket sales, as well as the number of short, experimental films we screen. Our goal is for 50%+ new attendees, and 50+ films.

Measurable Outcome(s)

A sold out, 2016 Square Lake Festival achieved our artistic outcome goal of building a new audience for Minnesota filmmakers. The evaluation methods used were threefold. For the film festival, we analyzed our film festival submission information to note geographic location that submissions originated from, and we also assessed whether we were receiving new submissions. For the ticketing information, we had specific questions completed during the Brown Paper Ticket check out process. And finally, we conducted some festival attendee surveys on site at the event on 8/20/16. 2: The Square Lake Festival successfully curated a sold out event that promoted animation, experimental, short documentary and short narrative films. We evaluated the number of new attendees via an analysis of online ticketing for our bike ride. Our online film festival system, called Film Freeway, has a built in geographic indicator as well as record of whether an applicant is a return customer as well as the specific location the submission came from. Both are helpful tools for determining how well we achieved our proposed outcome goals.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Angela Knudson, Paul Creager, Sam Zimmer, Mary O'Brien
Project Overview
Minnesota Festival Support
Project Details
The 14th annual Square Lake Film & Music Festival is a daylong, outdoor celebration of Minnesota-produced music and film held on a scenic 25-acre hobby farm near Stillwater.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Square Lake Film and Music Festival
Street Address
13363 Partridge Rd N
Zip Code
(651) 204-0775
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
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. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Private equity manager; board chair, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Nolita Christensen: Community and nonprofit management consultant; woodworker; Richard Hansen: Film curator, Redeye Cinema; founder, Duluth Superior Film Festival and Prove Gallery, Duluth; Leif Larsen: Producer, music events for MPR; attorney; Christian Novak: Membership and marketing manager, American Craft Council; Carla Tamburro: Coordinator, Park Point Art Fair, Duluth; art educator
Conflict of Interest Disclosed