Viking Library System Legacy Grant SFY 2012 - SFY 2013

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$76,237
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$76,202
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Viking Library System
Recipient Type
Libraries
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2011
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Research
Preservation
Grants/Contracts
Fund Administration
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Digitization/Online Information Access
Counties Affected
Douglas
Grant
Otter Tail
Pope
Stevens
Traverse
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 4
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of education for grants allocated using existing formulas under Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, to the 12 Minnesota regional library systems, to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. These funds may be used to sponsor programs provided by regional libraries or to provide grants to local arts and cultural heritage programs for programs in partnership with regional libraries. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2015.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$76,237
Other Funds Leveraged
$14,964
Direct expenses
$69,078
Administration costs
$1,771
Number of full time equivalents funded
The amount of staff time necessary to present each program varies, but local library directors estimate between 5-12 staff hours are required for each program.
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Total number of activities, programs, and/or events: 62           Total attendance: 4,868Total number of partnerships: 16 different partners, many were partners multiple times

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 4
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of education for grants allocated using existing formulas under Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, to the 12 Minnesota regional library systems, to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural heritage of Minnesota. These funds may be used to sponsor programs provided by regional libraries or to provide grants to local arts and cultural heritage programs for programs in partnership with regional libraries. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2015.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$76,202
Direct expenses
$74,297
Administration costs
$1,905
Number of full time equivalents funded
The amount of staff time necessary to present each program varies, but local library directors estimate between 5-12 staff hours are required for each program.
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total Number of Programs Held: 63 programsTotal Attendance: 3,976 peopleTotal Number of Partnerships: 37 partnerships

Description of Funds
$12,228.77 - Personnel
$882.00 - Advertising & Marketing
$6192.28 - Contracted Services
Source of Additional Funds

Partner financial support

Project Overview

Minnesota’s 12 regional public library systems, which encompass 350 public libraries in all areas of the state, benefit from a portion of the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Through State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, each regional public library system receives a formula-driven allocation from the annual $3 million Minnesota Regional Library Legacy Grant.

 Viking Library System (VLS) is a federated regional public library system with central services located in central western Minnesota. VLS has eleven member public libraries located in six counties: Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, and Traverse. With Arts and Cultural Heritage funds, VLS and its member libraries present an array of arts, cultural, literary, and Minnesota history programs in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations, independent artists, historical societies, and community organizations.  Programs contribute to the cultural vitality of the region and build a lasting legacy. 

Project Details

Minnesota Book Award 25th Anniversary Galas – Regional Support

In a two-day series of four companion events in four communities, Perham, Elbow Lake, Alexandria and Fergus Falls, Minnesota authors William Durbin, Lorna Landvik, Anton Treuer and Kao Kalia Yang made public presentations on writing in general and their award-winning works specifically. Audiences were enthralled as they learned about the body of work the authors had published, the process each uses in writing and the publishing industry. Lorna Landvik entertained in her hilarious style as she talked about her journey from improvisational and stand-up comedian to author. Anton Treuer answered questions on contemporary American Indian culture in his casual no-holds-barred format. And Koa Kalia Yang kept the audience engrossed with her personal struggles of her Hmong family and their immigration from a refugee camp in Thailand to the United States.

Revisiting Twain’s Mississippi

Revisiting Twain’s Mississippi: New Photographs by Chris Faust was a seven-week photography exhibition sponsored by Viking Library System and hosted by the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. The exhibit, which included cyanotypes by H.P. Bosse, paired with contemporary photographs taken by Chris Faust from similar vantage points, was enhanced by four additional programs that took place during the exhibit.

Artist Talk by Photographer Chris Faust

At the exhibit opening, Chris Faust discussed his inspiration and challenges in photographing sites documented by H.P. Bosse from 1882-1892. Faust showed slides and remarked on the geographic, architectural and ecological changes he noted over two decades.

Two-day school residency featuring musician Charlie Maguire

The sixth grade classes in New York Mills Elementary School visited the photography exhibit to become familiar with it and to choose a personally meaningful photo. Following the field trip, Charlie Maguire worked with the classes, taught students how to play the spoons and accompany him while he played guitar and sang. Then each class wrote an original song about the Mississippi River based on a photograph from the exhibit. The residency ended with an all-school concert, which included each class performing their song for the school.

Charlie Maguire in Concert: Featuring Songs of the Mississippi

In a concert at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, Charlie Maguire performed songs inspired by the Mississippi River, all original or traditional songs. Maguire introduced each song with an informative story, providing historical context.

Twilight of the Mississippi

The documentary film Twilight of the Mississippi chronicles the journey of the Unseen Ghost Brigade, a theatre troupe who built a raft and traveled down the Mississippi River, exploring “the hidden American, a patchwork of mysterious, conflicting worlds, with the river cutting through the middle of them all.” These accompanying events encouraged many more people to view the exhibit and engage in conversation about the Mississippi River and its future.

Project Manager
First Name
Peg
Last Name
Werner
Organization Name
Viking Library System
Street Address
1915 Fir Avenue West
City
Fergus Falls
State
MN
Zip Code
56537
Phone
(218) 739-5286
Email
pwerner@viking.lib.mn.us