Minnesota's Legacy

Operating Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,346
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Art of the Lakes Association, Inc. AKA Art of the Lakes
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
February 2016
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Douglas
Grant
Pope
Stevens
Otter Tail
Douglas
Grant
Pope
Stevens
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,346
Other Funds Leveraged
$77,896
Direct expenses
$81,242
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Specific goals are 1) to engage architect Nelson to give Art of the Lakes options for increasing the visibility of the interior of the gallery during hours the gallery is open and address space needs ensuring adequate display and education space, and 2) to continue to fund a part-time employee for administrative work, leaving members time and energy to achieve the mission of the organization. Art of the Lakes evaluates its activities through several means, including evaluation forms for its workshops, attendance at events, such as Studio Tour and Art and Craft Affair, and visits to the gallery. In 2015, Art of the Lakes invited West Central Initiative to lead members in a planning session, looking back at what was working well and what could be improved and looking forward to identify three priorities for 2016-2017.

Measurable Outcome(s)

On all accounts - membership, event and gallery attendance, finances, and equipment upgrades, 2016 was a good year. Membership increased to 140; 12 workshops offered were full; 56 artists participated in the annual studio tour; 95 vendors and nearly 5,000 fair goers attended the 39th Art and Craft Affair. In addition to annual programming, Art of the Lakes held a reception and two open houses with good community attendance. Display artists were able to display and sell art in the gallery, at Phelps Mill Festival, and the Art and Craft Affair. The gallery received 7000 visits during the summer season with annual sales of $40,000. A fundraising drive yielded 26 ArtPartners and about $4,000. Art of the Lakes upgraded its sales system from paper and pencil to SHOPKEEP, purchased a new computer, and a TV on which to show art videos. A group of artists continued to meet weekly at the gallery or the State Park. Art of the Lakes participated in Battle Lake's 125th celebration though an Art of the Lakes project grant.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Annette Hochstein, Craig Haukebo, Dar Ecker, John Mehl, Nancy Wark, Ruth Crandall, Sharon Fleishchauer
Project Overview
Operating Support
Project Details
To hire an architect for gallery renovations and to pay a portion of the part time staff salary.
Project Manager
First Name
The
Last Name
Art of the Lakes Association, Inc.
Organization Name
The Art of the Lakes Association, Inc.
State
MN
Phone
(218) 864-8606
Email
aotl@arvig.net
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Eric Abrahamson: Former stage manager at Historic Holmes Theatre, Board Member at Playhouse 412; Susan Kay: Retired Professor of American Studies, Retreat Coordinator at New York Mills Arts Retreat; Mark Ryan; Plains Art Museum Director of Collections and Operations; Beth Salvatore: publisher, graphic artist, humanities and music; Barbara Lent: Former photography studio, textile artist, owner of a quilting retreat center; Jamie Beyer: marketing and graphic designer; Carolyn Flieder: fiber artist, former quilt shop owner; Stan Goldade: High School math instructor, photographer, ceramicist, sculptor; Erin Gunderson: Library Branch Manager in Breckenridge, musician and artist.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Eric Abrahamson: Former stage manager at Historic Holmes Theatre, Board Member at Playhouse 412; Susan Kay: Retired Professor of American Studies, Retreat Coordinator at New York Mills Arts Retreat; Mark Ryan; Plains Art Museum Director of Collections and Operations; Beth Salvatore: publisher, graphic artist, humanities and music; Barbara Lent: Former photography studio, textile artist, owner of a quilting retreat center; Jamie Beyer: marketing and graphic designer; Carolyn Flieder: fiber artist, former quilt shop owner; Stan Goldade: High School math instructor, photographer, ceramicist, sculptor; Erin Gunderson: Library branch Manager in Breckenridge, musician and artist.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No