Access, Engagement and Experience Development – Strengthening the Core of the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota II

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$142,590
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Counties Affected
Anoka
Benton
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Carlton
Carver
Chippewa
Chisago
Clearwater
Cottonwood
Crow Wing
Dakota
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Hennepin
Houston
Hubbard
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Le Sueur
Lyon
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Mower
Murray
Nicollet
Nobles
Norman
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pennington
Pine
Pipestone
Pope
Ramsey
Redwood
Renville
Rice
Rock
Scott
Sherburne
Sibley
St. Louis
Steele
Swift
Todd
Wadena
Waseca
Washington
Watonwan
Winona
Wright
Yellow Medicine
Legal Citation / Subdivision
2015 Minn. Laws, Chap. 2 Art. 4 Sec. 2 Subd. 8
Appropriation Language

$950,000 each year is for arts and cultural heritage grants to children's museums.Of this amount, $500,000 each year is for the Minnesota Children's Museum, including the Minnesota Children's Museum in Rochester; $150,000 each year is for the Duluth Children's Museum; $150,000 each year is for the Grand Rapids Children's Museum; and $150,000 each year is for the Southern Minnesota Children's Museum.Note: Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) informed all granting agencies that the February 2016 Legacy budget forecast identified deficits in the current biennium in the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund. 3% of all grantees' allocations are being held back until additional forecasting has been completed. This includes a reduction in the administrative fees taken by the Minnesota Humanities Center.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$142,590
Direct expenses
$142,590
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

CMSM WILL EXPERIENCE INCREASED CAPACITY to serve as an informal learning resource that promotes ACH: Remediation and extended development process for current exhibits, conceptual development/design of Water Play exhibit, and conceptual development/design and initial fabrication of Museum a la Cart(e) will be completed; and Evaluate audience impact/outcomes: Evaluation plans will be developed; Museum staff will be trained; On-going processes will be in place to assess visitor impacts/outcomes.MORE MINNESOTANS will benefit as a result of engaging with experiences that promote ACH: Museum will serve 10% more Group Visitors; 90% of visitors engaged in evaluation processes will indicate satisfaction/report outcomes associated with ACH learning. MUSEUM STAFF will experience increased capacity to serve group visitors and evaluate ACH learning:100% of Museum staff will agree that they have received the preparation necessary to serve MuseumEducation and/or Evaluation Specialist roles.

Measurable Outcome(s)

CMSM EXPERIENCED INCREASED CAPACITY: Initial design/fabrication of If You Build It, Exploring Color and Museum a la Carte exhibit experiences was completed; Exhibit experiences were launched to engage on- and off-site audiences.Further development of Water Play exhibit was completed through engagement with contractors, other museums, and Kidzibits regarding floor treatments; and Dakota Cultural Advisors regarding graphic/artistic renderings. Further exhibit development/remediation took place throughout Museum with particular enhancement to: Quarry and Whiz Bang components; Play Porch structural preparation for future components; Tree of Forts Toddler addition; Farmyard barn improvements and chicken coop. Museum team met with Evaluation Consultant on ten occasions to develop/refine Museum evaluation frameworks and implement evaluation tools among general, access and group visitor audiences. MORE MINNESOTANS BENEFITED: Over the entire Project period: The Museum welcomed 93,554 visitors, including 12,014 “access” visitors. 802 “visitors” engaged with Museum a la Carte off-site Museum activities.175 school/early learning groups visited the Museum, engaging 8,960 visitors in hands-on learning.95% of visitors responding to an online survey indicated they were “Satisfied/Extremely Satisfied”; and “Likely/Very Likely” to recommend the Museum to a friend or colleague. 91% indicated the Museum promotes local arts and cultural heritage. MUSEUM STAFF EXPERIENCED INCREASED CAPACITY:Museum Educator and Evaluator roles were developed. 6 staff were trained and facilitated roles as Museum Educators. 10 staff were trained and facilitated roles as Museum Evaluators. All staff responded favorably via survey tool and/or group discussion about the preparation they received to serve in this role and provided helpful feedback to enhance future education/evaluation efforts. 

Recipient Board Members
Brian Benshoof CEO, MRCI Worksource; Neal Benson Manufacturing Operations Consultant, retired from Emerson Electric; Laura Bowman Director of Community Relations and Development at Mayo Clinic Health System; Nick Hinz President, Frandsen Bank and Trust; Barb Kaus President, Greater Mankato Area United Way; Linda Kilander Retired Principal, Mankato Area Public Schools; Kim Kleven Early Childhood Coordinator, Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial; Naomi Mortensen Marketing Director, Environmental Tillage Systems; Tim Newell Director of Solutions Business Management, Kato Engineering/Emerson; Christine Powers Partner, Abdo Eick & Meyers; Tom Riley Telecommunications Operations Executive, Greater Mankato Growth; Beth Serrill Attorney, Blethen Gage & Krause; Christie SkilbredP roject Manager, Capstone Literacy Center/Coughlan Companies; Dr. Katie Smentek Pediatrician, Mankato Clinic; Sara Steinbach Regional Manager, Public Affairs & Marketing, Mayo Clinic Health System; Keith Stover Retired President, South Central College; Vance Stuehrenberg County Commissioner, Blue Earth County, MN; Anna Thill President, Visit Mankato; Liz Ulman Organizational Development Manager, Dotson Iron Castings; Dr. Ginger Zierdt Interim Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Project Overview

CMSM will build upon the work that began with its 2015-16 appropriation by (1) Remediation and further development of exhibit areas that promote Arts & Cultural Heritage (ACH) learning (2) Expanding ACH learning opportunities for new audiences at off-site locations; (3) Engaging an outside Evaluation Consultant to help plan/implement strategies that meaningfully assess ACH learning outcomes and impacts; (4) Boosting the Museum’s capacity to serve more school/early learning groups.

Project Manager
First Name
Sue
Last Name
Larsen
Organization Name
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
Street Address
P.O. Box 3103
City
Mankato
State
Minnesota
Zip Code
56002
Phone
507-386-0279
Email
sue.larsen@cmsouthernmn.org