Minnesota's Legacy

Rural and Community Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,246
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Icebox Radio Theater
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2017
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Koochiching
St. Louis
Koochiching
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,246
Other Funds Leveraged
$4,890
Direct expenses
$9,136
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The goal of this project is to continue to improve the quality of our shows in our quest to 'bring the Northland's stories to the world'. The Internet is a crowded place so we must continue to improve the quality of our writing, directing, acting and sound effects art if we are to earn a larger audience and fulfill our mission for our artists, our audience and our community. Our plan is to use website metrics that measure audience size and reaction to judge the overall quality of our plays. To do this, we will need to equate the quality of our work with how the audience interacts with it. Primarily, we'll be using metrics from our podcast host site Spreaker.com to help us judge how our show is being received. The two main metrics on Spreaker.com are 'Downloads' indicating the number of times our shows have been downloaded, and 'Live Listens' indicating the number of times someone has clicked the 'play' button to listen to one of our shows while visiting our page on the Spreaker.com site. We will chart these two metrics over the year hoping to see growth in both statistics. In addition, we offer memberships to our listeners. We hope to see a 10-percent increase in memberships this year. In addition, we began a program for direct audience support on the crowd funding site Patreon in 2016. We would also like to see a 10-percent increase in patrons on this site this year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This year, our source for measurable outcomes statistics were listener numbers from our podcast host sight, Spreaker.com, financial gains through our membership program and contributions to our group through the crowd funding site, Patreon. Our goal was to increase all metrics by 10%. Though we did experience growth, the numbers did not match our goals. Online listens increased by 4.3%, and downloads increased by 3.3%. Our number of members held steady through the year at 52. Funds received from Patreon decreased from $140 per month at the beginning of the season to $117 by the end, although they have rebounded back up to $130 per month now.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
James Yount, David Erwin, Justin Kapla, Autumn Silvers, Doug Lowthian, Victoria Olson, Lawrence Bement
Project Overview

Rural and Community Art Project Grant

Project Details

Icebox Radio Theater's 2017/18 Podcast Season

Project Manager
First Name
Jeffrey
Last Name
Adams
Organization Name
Icebox Radio Theater
Street Address
PO Box 46
City
International Falls
State
MN
Zip Code
56649
Phone
(218) 283-5570
Email
iceboxradio51@gmail.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; 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; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, former Children's Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artist, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Quentin Stille: student liaison, College Music Director at KUMD.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Duane Barnhart: watercolor painter, cartoonist; Mary McReynolds: arts administrator at Lyric Center for the Arts; Chris Marcotte: retired social worker, historian, writer; Maria Brown: art instructor and program coordinator at CHOICE, unlimited!; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, former Children's Theatre employee.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No