Ross Sutter & Trio Larsson present: Strings Across the Ocean

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient Type
Start Date
October 2018
End Date
October 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Northwest Regional Library favorite Ross Sutter returns with Anders and Maria Larsson in a U.S./Sweden collaboration to tell the story of a couple traveling from Sweden to America. The show features a wide variety of instruments including string bass, accordion, limberjack, guitar, drum set, fiddle, nyckelharpa, recorder, and lots of singing!

Project Details

577 participated

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2015 Chapter 2--S.F. No. 1, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 5
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

We hoped that this program would introduce patrons to a new type of music, a new instrument, and/or a new art form. We also hoped that it would increase our patrons' interest in Swedish music or culture. Many residents of our region are Swedish/ Norwegian/ Scandinavian, so we thought this might teach them something new about their personal history, as well as the history of this part of Minnesota. This piece focused on accepting differences, and being welcoming and tolerant of new people and new ideas. We hoped that these themes would come through. We always distribute evaluation forms after each program, and collect public comments.

Measurable Outcome(s)

97% of respondents said that this program exposed them to a new culture, a new form of art, music or instrument. 87% said that they enjoyed the program because it allowed them to increase their knowledge on a topic. 97% agreed that this program increased their interest in music, performance art, and/or Swedish culture. 100% said that they would attend a similar program in the future. Public comments included: "Loved it! Students learned a lot- able to have great discussions after- it raised their curiosity! They wanted to learn more- that's huge!" and "The students loved it. The performance was educational and entertaining" and "I loved it- wish it was longer. I especially enjoyed learning the new words and hearing them talk in Swedish."

Source of Additional Funds

In Warroad, use of the Elementary School theater was provided free of charge. In Roseau, use of the Elementary School auditorium was provided free of charge. In Greenbush, use of the community center was provided free of charge, and the Friends of the Library provided coffee, lemonade and krumkake. They also volunteered during set-up and clean up.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Northwest Regional Library
Street Address
210 LaBree Avenue N. / PO Box 593
Thief River Falls
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1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266