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Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Milan Village Arts School
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2017
End Date
December 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lac qui Parle
Big Stone
Lac qui Parle
Big Stone
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Our goal is to expand classes for 2017 by 20 - 25% by attracting high-quality classes with high-quality instructors. A new class will only be introduced if the school is confident of attracting sufficient students. Another goal is not only to consolidate, but also expand our artist studio program. A third goal is to further develop the Spoon Gathering and seek the development of other community arts events. Milan Village Arts School has created a unique woodworking event that has reignited the interest in Spoon Carving in both the US, Canada and Europe. We plan to learn from the process and develop similar arts festivals. Class evaluation is made by the number of classes successfully run, the total number of students registered and student feedback. The Artist's Studio program is evaluated through the number of studios, the students attending and student feedback. The success of the Spoon Gathering is evaluated through attendee numbers and student feedback.

Measurable Outcome(s)

1) Class numbers have been stable over the last year rather than increasing by 25%. The school lost several key classes over the last 12 months and is looking for replacement instructors. 2) An expansion of artist studios: The school currently has 4 studios: Silversmithing, Framing, Weaving, and Woodworking. All 4 are solid, well equipped, operational, and well patronized. 3) The seed for a new Youth Scholarship Program was initiated in 2017. In 2018, MVAS will launch a new Youth Scholarship Program for teenagers. Students will be able to either apply for tuition for a particular class or join a special youth art class. Tuition will be fully funded. The seed money came from the Fondell Family and money donated in Dan Fondell's name. Dan was a long term board member who passed away in late 2017. The school currently has $2,700 in the fund. 4) Along with the NeDA facility in St. Paul, MVAS will hold classes in a new second facility in St. Paul - http://www.schafferfineartservices.com. 5) A new event has been put on the back burner due to an expanded Spoon Gathering. Additionally, the school's membership has grown substantially during 2017 to approx. 200. As many of these memberships are Household memberships, the number of actual supporters is much greater. The expanded membership has been the result of a year end membership/donation drive. Available funds were moved upstairs to complete work on the original building. The main room was completely rebuilt in late 2017. This included insulating the walls, sheet rocking, installing new heater fans and painting. The rebuild has created a more comfortable environment for students to take classes.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Jon Roisen, John Larson, Kirstin Lindstrom, Jill Christie, Dan Fondell, Robin Moore, Jill Blom, Scott Wilson, AJ Zandt, Pauline Pate
Project Overview
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Project Details
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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; 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; Kate Aydin: retired educator; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Marshall Area Stage Company; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Susan Marco: writer, former High School English/creative writing teacher; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Brett Lehman: Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association; Reggie Gorter: vocalist, theatre, voice/dance teacher; Scott Tedrick: journalist, Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization, theatre director/actor.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Brett Lehman: member of Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, and Worthington Concert Association; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Cheryl Avenel-Navara: arts advocate; Kris Gruhot: musician, business owner; Cheryl Hanson: theatre, dance, banking; Lois Schmidt: nonprofit advisory.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed