MN State Arts Board Workshops on Evaluation

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The Minnesota State Arts Board is conducting evaluation workshops around the state this summer. The workshops are primarily intended for applicants/grantees of State Arts Board programs, but applicants to regional arts councils are also welcome to register on a space-available basis. Participation will be limited to the first 30 registrants per site.

For the SMAC region, there will be a session in Marshall on Monday, August 17, 10:00 am-2:30 pm at the Marshall-Lyon County Library.

Workshop attendees will take part in discussions and activities to demystify evaluation and the roles it can play in developing artistic work or arts experiences.

Two professional facilitators (Kate Livingston,; and Chris Chopyak, will lead the workshops developed in collaboration with Arts Board staff:

Whether you’re a secret data geek or you run in fear when you hear the word “evaluation,” this half-day workshop is for you! Join us as an evaluator and an illustrator team to explore the practical, usable, and relevant sides of evaluation with you. The truth is, many funders require evaluation so it’s likely to be on your list of “have to’s.” That said, evaluation doesn’t have to feel meaningless or painful. When done right and informed by those who know the programs best (you!), evaluation shines a light on what makes your work remarkable and can lead to program improvements, additional funding, and long-term sustainability. Come debunk some evaluation myths and learn some tricks in what we promise will be the least boring workshop on evaluation you’ll ever have. 

To participate, please register here.

For more information, contact Renae Youngs, director of research and evaluation, at or (651) 215-1607.

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