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Goal 1) The expansion of the classes is always a concern and a priority. The school is currently going through a transition with a number of older artists retiring. Replacing them will be a challenge and takes time. The board has started its class selection process early this year with the hope of acquiring a new batch of teachers and classes in 2018. MVAS prides itself in the quality of its classes and is not intending on adding classes simply to expand offerings. It is important the new classes are a good match for the school, our curriculum, and our students. This takes time. We are also hoping to attract more instructors from our region. Our goal is to add a further ten - fifteen classes by 2019. Goal 2) Originally a one day event, the Spoon Gathering has now grown into a full week of carving, demonstrations, workshops, presentations and pre-event classes. Every year is a growing challenge. While interest grows, we plan to keep improving the event and make it as successful as possible. Our goal is to keep growing the Spoon Gathering while branding Minnesota as the center of green woodworking in the US. Goal 3) After a year of consolidation and planning, 2019 will be a time to launch new initiatives. Our goal is to implement at least one new major project in 2019. Goal 1) A review of the classes on offer in the 2019 Class Schedule will be the best way of evaluating the growth of classes. Goal 2) We actively seek feedback from event attendees though a feedback form and consultation. There is a lot of energy from a lot of people that contribute to the success of the Spoon Gathering. The interest and support is not waning. In fact it is growing. Goal 3) Late 2018 and 2019 represent the beginning of a new phase with unlimited growth possibilities for the school. What we implement will be the evaluation.
Goal 1: Some 60 classes will be on offer this year. More importantly the classes are filling well. The only class cancelled to date was a cooking class held 2 weeks after the new schedule launch. That class was rescheduled for later in 2019. Class schedules have been distributed throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. All Twin Cities classes have filled to date. Goal 2: Previously, the largest number of attendees at the Spoon Gathering was 160. In 2018, there were 205 registered participants. 200 was our theoretical limit based on the facilities and staffing, however the school feels it can handle at least 225 for 2019. Goal 3: The Young Artist Scholarship Fund is up and running. The school has already had 2 successful applicants. One was a 22 year old female college student from St. Paul who has a passion for wood bowl turning and the other was a 15 year old local high school student with a interest in Norwegian knife making. Several of our past young students have taken our classes and now pursuing arts careers. One is currently at college studying art and the another is in Sweden studying metal working at a famous Swedish folk school. MVAS hopes the Young Artist Scholarship Fund will help to facilitate more of these successes. MVAS has never had the budget for wide scale media promotion. The partnership with Pioneer has enabled MVAS to reach a much wider audience. One of our challenges has been that students were not aware the school existed. Once a student takes a class a the school, more often than not they return to take further classes.
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Operating Support FY18/19.
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Georgette Jones: literature teacher, theatre actor, director, teacher; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Kathy Fransen: musician, theatre, Rhythm of the River coordinator; Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Pam Blake: retired art educator, visual artist, Tyler Arts Council, Lincoln County Art Fair, South Dakota Arts Educators Association, Southwest Minnesota Weaver's Guild; Michele Knife Sterner: theatre actor, SMSU Associate director for Access Opportunity Success program; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Joyce Aakre: visual arts, writing, Discover Dassel committee, Board member for Litchfield Community Education, Exhibit committee for Dassel Area Historical Society; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor SMSU; Anne O'Keefe-Jackson: human resources director, bead and quill work; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County; Brett Lehman: Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association; Reggie Gorter: vocalist, theatre, voice, dance teacher; Dana Conroy: producer, filmmaker; Claire Swanson: visual arts, arts teacher, Meander Art Crawl Committee.
Joyce Aakre: Visual Art, Writing, SMAC Board; Pam Blake: Visual Art, SMAC Board; Mark Bosveld: Theatre, Arts Admin; Steve Linstrom: Writing, Museum Admin; Anne O'Keefe-Jackson: Visual Art, SMAC Board; Liz Rackl: Visual Art, Arts Admin; Tom Wirt: Visual Art, SMAC Board.