Operating Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Milan Village Arts School
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
December 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Cultural Heritage

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Overview

Operating Support

Project Details

Operating Support FY18/19.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Milan Village Arts School
Street Address
PO Box 230
Zip Code
(320) 734-4807
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

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.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

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.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed