Arts Needs Survey

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) is a non-profit organization committed to promoting and encouraging the development of the arts in the eighteen counties of southwestern Minnesota by serving as a source of funds and technical services which enable local organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to sponsor, create, and promote the arts in their communities. 

 

As we plan our programs and services for the future, we'd like to hear from you about your arts needs and the needs of your community.

 

If you live in the Southwest Minnesota region, please answer the following questions about your experiences with our grants and other services, your arts needs, and a little information about yourself.  

 

(If you have already completed a survey at our Arts Organization Summit or Artist Gathering, you do not need to fill out this survey.)  


 
GRANTS
 
1.

Have you or your organization ever applied for a SMAC grant?  If yes, list the grant program(s) applied for below. 

Yes
No
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2.

If you have applied for a SMAC grant, was your application funded? 

Yes
No
3.
If you have applied for a SMAC grant, please rate the quality of SMAC grant services.
 Poor  Average  Excellent 
Information provided about grant programs and processes
The application process
Notifications
The final report process
Assistance from staff
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4.

If you have not applied for a SMAC grant, why not?  Check all that apply. 

Not eligible
Not needed
Didn't know about
Too hard
No time
Other  
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5.

Please indicate your level of agreement with following statements regarding SMAC's stewardship of public funds: 

 Strongly Disagree  Neutral  Strongly Agree 
SMAC awards grants with fairness to all applicants.
SMAC meetings and grant review are open and available to the public.
SMAC is a good steward of its public funds.
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OTHER SERVICES
 
6.
Rate the quality of any of the following SMAC services that you have experienced, or indicate that you have not experienced a particular service.
 Poor  Average  Excellent Aware of, but haven't experienced Not aware of 
Grantwriting workshops
Technical assistance and capacity building workshops for arts organizations
Technicial assistance and workshops for artists
Artist Retreat
Communications: e-newsletter, website, emails, Facebook, etc.
Art gallery featuring grantee artists
SMAC Annual Celebration
Area arts event calendar
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7.

What are the best ways for SMAC to reach you with information about our grants, services, and events?  Choose up to two methods. 

SMAC website
Facebook
Email
"Voices" newsletter
Postal mail
Other  
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8.

If you have contacted the SMAC office about grants or for other information/assistance, please rate your level of agreement with the following statements:  

 Strongly Disagree  Neutral  Strongly Agree 
I felt respected and well treated.
Information provided was helpful.
Information provided was accurate.
Information provided was easy to understand.
Information was provided in a timely manner.
I would contact the SMAC office again.
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YOUR ARTS NEEDS
 
9.

How would you rate the arts activities in your community? 

 Poor  Average  Excellent 
Number of arts activities available
Variety of arts activities available
Quality of arts activities available
Number of participants in arts activities
Arts activities in the schools
Opportunities for artists
Community support and/or recognition for local artists or arts activities
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10.

What are your arts needs and/or what do you perceive to be the arts needs of your community?  How can SMAC help you with them? 

 

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11.
Choose and rank what you see as the top five obstacles to arts development in the region. 
 First Second Third Fourth Fifth 
Lack of public awareness as to the necessity of the arts in all our lives.
Insufficient public awareness regarding the positive economic effects of the arts on a community.
Little support by local units of government.
Insufficient foundation and corporate funding in the region.
Not enough media coverage of the arts.
The current economic situation of our region and local communities.
Limited access to arts programs in our region.
Need for training for art organizations and volunteers.
Lack of cooperation or communication among arts organizations.
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ABOUT YOU
 
12.

Which of the following best describe your role(s) in the arts?  You may choose more than one. 

Artist
Teacher
Director or board member of an arts organization
Active participant in an arts organization
Arts advocate
Audience member
Community organization (historical society, library, chamber of commerce etc.)
Member of city or county government
Other  
13.

What is your age group? 

Under 20
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70+
14.

Which county do you live in?  

 

Big Stone
Chippewa
Cottonwood
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
McLeod
Meeker
Murray
Nobles
Pipestone
Redwood
Renville
Rock
Swift
Yellow Medicine
Other