Northwest Minnesota Arts Council

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* 1. This survey is only for people who live in our service area of Northwest Minnesota.  Please select your Minnesota county.

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* 2. Thanks for engaging and commenting on our FY 2022-23 Biennial Plan.  This is an important part of our process.  We rely on focus groups and individuals to read about and notice our current and upcoming grant programs and services; and our commitment to high quality stewardship of public funds.  First tell us about your engagement with us already.   I'm a...

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* 3. Read about Priority 1 below related to giving grants, then comment on this Priority from the perspective of how you can see it fitting a need in our region.   

Priority 1: Re-grant funds for arts activity in our northwestern region with state funds in five categories. 

GOALS: Award fourteen Arts Legacy grants to arts organizations, schools, and communities. Award eight Arts Project Grants to arts organizations and communities with general funds. Award eight Arts Equipment Grants to schools with general funds.

 Measurable Outcome: The variety and diversity of applicants and participants increases, as they enrich the ways they connect to their communities through the arts. 

Plan for measuring results: Evaluation will occur through asking needs assessment and demographic questions to all applicants, grantees, focus groups, and panelists.

Success will be measured by an increased percentage of people stating that they were enriched through arts in community, and our office documenting at least four different types of applicants including nonprofit arts organizations, schools, cities, and other nonprofit organizations.

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* 4. Read about Priority 2 below related to stewardship.  Use the comment box for your observations on our goal of quality stewardship with an emphasis on Equity and Inclusion in the next two years.  

Priority 2:  Provide professional stewardship through executive and contract staffing, board orientation and equity training, and accessible office space. 

GOAL: Provide Arts Council Director staffing to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council in FY 2022 and FY 2023 to ensure work functions related to planning and procedure are met and progress is made on equity training within board and staff.

Measurable Outcome: Regional residents experience increased access to the arts via a reduction in cultural and/or physical barriers. 

Plan for measuring results: Evaluation will occur through our needs assessment and focus groups.   

Success will be measured by Board, staff, and volunteer personnel reflecting the demographic of our area in terms of age distribution and race.  Respondents say that they are highly satisfied with service and our office/showcase spaces.

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* 5. Read about Priority 3 and comment on our proposed showcasing. 

Priority 3:  Showcasing artists and arts organizations from our northwest region primarily through our annual NW Art Exhibit and our gallery exhibits.  

GOALS: Organize and implement the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibition in 2022 and 2023 funding the Student portions with State Funds. Schedule four exhibits with McKnight funds including one featuring artists of color, and two exhibits with State funding.

Measurable Outcome: Minnesotans participate in the arts as creators and those interested gain inspiration, support, and encouragement to create new pieces of art and sell their art.  

Plan for measuring results: Evaluation form completed by artists who display work in our gallery and evaluation on-line by artists who show pieces in our annual exhibit.

Artists state in the form that our showcasing opportunities stimulate an increase of at least 10% in new creations and report sales occurring during our showcases.

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* 6. Read about Priority 4 and comment on our proposed arts promotion efforts.  

Priority 4: Promotion and marketing of artists and arts activities in northwest Minnesota primarily through our e-newsletter, website, and podcast interviews. 

GOALS: Focus on podcasts, website posts, and e-newsletters that feature 1/3 artists, 1/3 arts organizational leaders, and 1/3 staff and board members within our various promotional activities.

Measurable Outcome: Minnesotans value and view participation in our promotion and marketing efforts as enhancing their organization and individual careers.  Featured Arts involved public report having used or knowledge of our programs and services. 

Plan for measuring results: Survey participants in our booklet and podcasts to chart both the facet of community life and the population that they represent.     

Success will show different facets of community life and diverse populations participating at an increased rate from last biennium.

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* 7. Read about Priority 5 and comment on our proposed training and networking.  

Priority 5: Training and networking of creative people, artists, and arts leaders in our northwest region through in person and online workshops. 

GOALS: Provide monthly training and networking experiences that appeal to and are attended by a diverse group of creative people.    

Measurable Outcome: Minnesotans study/develop skills in the arts and make connections through networking that increase their ability to create freely with less self-judgement while not losing any quality to their work. 

Plan for measuring results: Survey all participants who are involved in workshops, trainings, and networking with demographic questions and feedback on their ability to create freely, their growth in skills, and their increased connections in the arts community.

At least 80% of participants will say they had specific growth as they participated in our NWMAC training or networking session.

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* 8. That's it!  Thank you for your comments.  Please fill in your contact information.  If you do, we will enter you into our raffle to win a piece of art.  

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