ACHF Arts Access
We will have three RFPs from artists for public art projects. We will evaluate by the amount of responses from local governments.
We started with a survey to city staff, county staff, EDA staff, CVB staff, school administrators and other interested persons to determine the needs in their communities. The purpose of this survey was to 1) Identify similar needs throughout our communities, counties and schools to see if we could use public art to address these needs. and 2) Find out which of our communities, counties and schools are interested in a project. We received 76 responses to this survey from 21 cities (out of the 37 in our region), 11 schools and from all five counties. I was very pleased with this response and it showed me that there was a lot of interest. We did a second survey to get feedback on what the goal of public art should be in our region and what the criteria should be for a public art project. We also gathered other ideas for a public art project. We received 14 response to this survey. The summary of this survey is what we used in the appendix of our RFQ.
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Public Art in Region 6W
Jane Link: visual artist, board member of Milan Village Arts School, and Milan Community Education, and Greater Milan Initiative; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Kathy Fransen: musician, certified clinical musician, founder and coordinator of Rhythm of the River music/art festival; Janet Olney: artist, coordinator for Willmar Area Arts Council, founding member of Kaleidoscope Gallery; Randy Meyer: visual artist and farmer, former art teacher; Kate Aydin: retired educator, multidisciplinary curriculum developer, board member of Lincoln County Pioneer Museum; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Vice President of Marshall Area Stage Company; Tom Wirt: artist, owner of Clay Coyote Gallery, founding member and president of Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member of Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Susan Marco: writer, High School English and creative writing teacher; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, board member of Prairie Music Association and Prairie Oasis Players, former clogger; Ellen Copperud: retired language arts teacher, theatre director; Dan Wahl: visual artist, musician, participant in community theater productions, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Emily Olson: musician, writing instructor; Tamara Isfeld: visual artist, art teacher for Renville County West Schools, Arts Meander planning committee, board member at Granite Arts Council and Renville Friends of the Arts; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, treasurer of Rock County Fine Arts Association, board member for Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County, Art Rocks planning committee; Sydney Massee: visual artist, quilter, behind the scenes assistant in theatre productions, board member of Lac qui Parle Valley School District; Audrey Fuller: writer, arts advocate, tribal planner, grant writer.
Emily Olson: musician, writing instructor; Sydney Massee: visual artist, quilter, behind the scenes assistant in theatre productions, board member of Lac qui Parle Valley School District; Janet Olney: artist, coordinator at Willmar Area Arts Council, founding member of Kaleidoscope Gallery; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, board member of Prairie Music Association and Prairie Oasis Players, former clogger; Susan Marco: writer, High School English and creative writing teacher.