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Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$415
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Knife River Recreation Council AKA KRRC
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
December 2016
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Lake
St. Louis
Cook
Carlton
Itasca
Chisago
Pine
Hennepin
Ramsey
Lake
St. Louis
Cook
Carlton
Itasca
Chisago
Pine
Hennepin
Ramsey
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Cultural Heritage

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$415
Other Funds Leveraged
$18,685
Direct expenses
$19,100
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The goal of Julebyen is to provide a family-centered Christmas festival, free to the public, in the centuries-old tradition of the Scandinavian Julebyen, which promotes appreciation for Scandinavian music, food, holiday crafts and culture. Approximately 200 volunteers make Julebyen possible. The number of volunteers has grown every year. Attendance is another yardstick of success of Julebyen In 2013, its inaugural years, approximately 700 people attended. This number doubled in 2014 and doubled again in 2015 to 3,000 over Julebyen weekend. We measure outcomes by increase in: (1) attendance (Julebyen has doubled its festival goers yearly since its inaugural in 2013. Estimated attendance in 2015 was 3,000. (2) number of volunteers - 190 in 2015, (3) by increases in commercial sponsors and partners; most recently the North Shore Scenic Railroad donates a train to bring festival-goers from Duluth and return (4) media coverage (in 2015, Norwegian National Broadcasting sent a reporter and videographer from Norway to report on the Knife River Julebyen. The five minute feature that followed was aired to more than 3.5 million Norwegians in news broadcasts (5) in the growth of its outreach program to underserved children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Duluth and Superior. The privately-funded outreach pays the train fares and meal expenses for children to attend Julebyen. In 2015, 39 children with chaperones were able to experience a family-centered Christmas experience at no cost that featured games, craft making workshop where children can make a holiday gift, a treasure hunt, skating, sliding, storytelling. Key to the growth of Julebyen is (1) our ability to attract and retain more volunteers and (2) continued support from outside partners to keep Julebyen free to the public. The support we request is to help cover the cost of entertainment, which has been selected to enhance and tie to the theme of Julebyen.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Attendance increased from an estimated 3,000 in 2015 to estimated 3,500 - 4,500 in 2016. The increase can be attributed to, in part, extending the festival to three days. Train ridership between those traveling to Julebyen and return from Duluth, and two Troll Train trips, increased from 149 riders in 2015 to more than 400 in 2016. We received many favorable comments on our talent, in particular the puppeteer. The event was a terrific success, both from perspective of the volunteers and comments received from attendees.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Carmen Beardsley, Anne Skadberg, Jodi Anderson, Pat Meyer, Scott Jasperson, Steve Betzler, Ken Carter, Nicole Ojard, Karrin Harris, Noel Walters
Project Overview
Quick Start Grants
Project Details
Knife River Julebyen Festival
Project Manager
First Name
Jacqulin
Last Name
Sebastian
Organization Name
Knife River Recreation Council
Street Address
PO Box 266 199 Alger Smith Rd
City
Knife River
State
MN
Zip Code
55609
Phone
(218) 834-7138
Email
vongoertzpaul@yahoo.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of Music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Candace LaCosse: North House Folk School instructor, leatherwork designer and crafter; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artists, poet, and former Children’s Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artists, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Quentin Stille: student liaison, College Music Director - KUMD.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of Music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Candace LaCosse: North House Folk School instructor, leatherwork designer and crafter; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artists, poet, and former Children’s Theatre employee; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Yes
Conflict of Interest Contact
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Robert DeArmond (218) 722-0952