Minnesota's Legacy

Operating Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,785
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Prairie Arts Chorale
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2017
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Redwood
Lyon
Chippewa
Kandiyohi
Yellow Medicine
Renville
Lac qui Parle
Swift
Stevens
Redwood
Lyon
Chippewa
Kandiyohi
Yellow Medicine
Renville
Lac qui Parle
Swift
Stevens
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,785
Other Funds Leveraged
$20,135
Direct expenses
$26,920
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

1. Hire a part time business manager to do the following tasks currently done by chorale members: press releases, website updates, ticket seller venues, poster design and print, ticket design and print, ticket distribution and collection, newspaper ads, radio ads, email mailing list, USPS mailing list, Facebook upkeep, Northern Voice Calendar, Church bulletin article, program, grant writing, surveys, singer bios, table tents, ordering, and other duties as determined by the board, within three months after receiving funding. This goal will help keep the arts thriving in Minnesota, by freeing the board and chorale members to pursue new promotional activities and focus on music performance. 2. Increase audience by an average of 20% by the end of the 2 year period. This goal addresses the belief that Minnesotans identify with the arts. 3. The chorale will engage in one performance activity each season, outside of its regular concert series, that is targeted to a broader, more diverse audience. This goal addresses the diversity of people participating in the arts. 1. The business manager will keep track of their activities and hours. 2. Audience numbers will be tracked through ticket sales at each performance. 3. Audience diversity will be tracked through survey results. 4. Programs, or other evidence, of promotional activities and the number attending them. 5. The board will conduct a performance evaluation of the staff person semi-annually.

Measurable Outcome(s)

1) We hired a business manager who was able to perform some of the duties listed in the grant but did not have enough time to do all the tasks we were hoping for. Her assistance certainly freed chorale members to concentrate on performance, but did not translate into arranging more promotional events. Generally the goal was met. 2) Audience size increased a little more than our goal of 20%. 3) The chorale performed two outdoor concerts in August 2016 in Cottonwood and Marshall Minnesota which brought our group before a younger and more diverse audience. In December 2016 chorale members performed for a local business's holiday party. In December 2017 the chorale performed with the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra in Marshall, Minnesota which brought our group before an audience which was attending primarily for an instrumental concert. These events exposed the chorale to a broader audience and certainly were rewarding performance experiences for the chorale.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Vickie Daub, Sue Selden, Jean Schueller, David Zylstra, Becky Hoffman, June Meyerhoff
Project Overview
Operating Support
Project Details
Operating Support
Project Manager
First Name
June
Last Name
Meyerhoff
Organization Name
Prairie Arts Chorale
Street Address
PO Box 531
City
Marshall
State
MN
Zip Code
56258
Phone
(507) 530-2157
Email
junemeyerhoff@mvtvwireless.com
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
No