Minnesota's Legacy

Rural and Community Art Project Grants

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,371
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
February 2015
End Date
July 2015
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Itasca
Itasca
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,371
Other Funds Leveraged
$2,529
Direct expenses
$6,900
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The spring concert of the Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus is the organization's largest event, both in terms of the audience participation and the content of the concert. The chorus strives to bring a quality, enjoyable, musical experience to our diverse regional audience. Traditionally the concert is performed at the Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Because the Reif will be closed for remodeling at the time of the spring concert, the chorus will have to rent another venue. The largest venue suitable for this concert is the Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus will transform the meeting room into a theater setting for the performance. Free tickets from business sponsors will be provided to area assisted living centers and senior homes. Tickets will also be given to area bands and choirs to encourage young people to attend. We feel that the content of the concert will be of interest to many. The program will also be recorded and broadcast on ICTV. The spring concert ticket prices will remain modest to enable people with fixed incomes to be able to afford to attend. Traditionally tickets for the Spring Concert are $10 each. Area merchants will be solicited for support for this event and complimentary tickets will be distributed to area nursing homes and senior residences. When area merchants make a monetary donation, the dollar amount is converted to tickets available for senior homes and assisted living facilities. Students at area high schools and college will be provided subsidized tickets so that they can attend the concert. The Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus will distribute a survey to members of the audience asking them to comment on key elements of the concert. This may include, but not be limited to, comments about the Timberlake facility as a performance venue, adequacy of the sound system, content of the concert, and visibility of the performers. The audience will be asked to share what they liked about the performance and what they would prefer to see changed. If the audience enjoys the Timberlake venue, it could become an alternate site for other artistic performances in this community. We will also ask our performers and 2 respected area musicians to evaluate the concert. Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus board members will review the surveys.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Harry Smith, Terry Cain, Jim Boedicker, Byron Whitney, Colton Hass, Corey Knapp, Dave McCulloch
Project Overview
Rural and Community Art Project Grants
Project Details
Spring concert Music from the Great American Songbook. The Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus will present their annual spring concert, Music From the Great American Songbook (1920's-1960), on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Our guest artist group will be Swing Delivery, a 12 piece Big Band from the Grand Rapids area. We will start rehearsals on February 2, 2015. Free tickets will be provided to area school choirs, bands, and jazz bands. Donated tickets from area businesses will be given to local assisted living centers and senior homes. The program will be recorded and broadcast on our local television station.
Project Manager
First Name
Patricia
Last Name
Whitney
Organization Name
Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus
Street Address
22520 Henderson Rd
City
Cohasset
State
MN
Phone
(218) 328-5572
Email
loonland2@live.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; Ken Bloom: Director of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; David Beard: Assistant Professor University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth, Shannon Sweeney: stage manager for Duluth Playhouse and former production manager for the Minnesota Ballet; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; Ken Bloom: Director of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior.