Rural Arts and Culture Summit

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Mary Gillespie
Recipient Type
Start Date
June 2015
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Artists and arts organizations build relationships with members of, or organizations that serve, groups that have traditionally been underserved by the arts or by the applicant organization. Anecdotal responses, contacts made, relationships built, ideas generated.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The contacts and ideas I gained from attending this summit will be invaluable in my role as Chamber Director and also a board member of Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization, the Minnesota River Scenic Byway, Western Minnesota Prairie Waters and the Granite Falls Historical Society. All of these organizations are involved in some way in developing public art and using creativity to tell a story in either in Granite Falls or regionally. As a chamber director with an interest in history in Andrew Volstead's hometown, I've developed Our Prohibition Story" with a printed walking tour guide plus a program placing historic plaques through downtown Granite Falls. I plan to keep in touch online, Facebook and some in person with many of the participants. The breakout sessions provided me with some great statistics and facts to use in writing my weekly column and talking to potential new residents about why they should accept a job and live in Granite Falls."

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Rural Arts and Culture Summit
Project Details
Rural Arts and Culture Summit
Project Manager
Organization Name
Mary Gillespie
Street Address
807 Prentice St
Granite Falls
Zip Code
(320) 564-4039
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Kathy Fransen: musician, theatre, Rhythm of the River coordinator; Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Kate Aydin: retired educator; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Marshall Area Stage Company; Tom Wirt: artist, owner Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts board, past member Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Susan Marco: writer, former HS English/creative writing teacher; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor SMSU; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Brett Olson: Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association; Scott Tedrick: journalist, Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization, theatre director/actor;
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Kate Aydin: retired educator; Paula Nemes: musician, librarian, former coordinator of Marshall Area Fine Arts Council, Marshall Area Stage Company; Greta Murray: Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Executive Director.