Access Improvement

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Sounds of Hope, Ltd.
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
October 2020
End Date
May 2021
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Access Improvement

Project Details

Elders' Singing Sessions

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Lynne Bertalmio: Retired Director Stillwater Public Library; Cristeta Boarini: 826 MSP Program Director; Craig Dunn: Arts Accessibility Consultant; Tricia Heuring: Public Functionary Executive Director; Alejandra Iannone: Sparkle Theatricals Creative Co-Director; Wu Chen Khoo: Technical Tools of the Trade Stage Technical Designer and Director; Wendy Lane: Retired Human Resources Professional; Alejandra Pelinka: City of Bloomington Director of Creative Placemaking; Tommy Sar: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Coordinator of Community Programs; Lue Vang: McKnight Foundation Accountant; Christal Moose: Native Pride Productions Inc Manager; Adaobi Okolue: Twin Cities Media Alliance Executive Director; Andrea Sjogren: Hopkins Community Education Adult and Youth Programs Coordinator; Deanna StandingCloud: New Native Theatre; Sara Wilson: Gislason and Hunter LLP Attorney; Robyn Cline: City of Savage Economic Development Commissioner

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Alison Bergblom Johnson: Accessibility/Disability Access, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Artistic; Claire Avitabile: Youth Programming, Artistic, Audience Development / Marketing; Jenny Kinsella: Kim Peterson: Organizational Development, General Administration, Volunteerism; Philip Fried: Artistic, Community Service / Development, Disabilities Specialist; Sam Conrad: Accessibility/Disability Access, Artistic, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion; Tamra Falk: General Administration, Volunteerism, Organizational Development.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2019 First Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

30-40 people with disabilities will attend weekly singing/percussion sessions providing access to the arts. Recordings of three sessions near the end of the project will provide accessible, easy-to-use materials for future use by people with disabilities in other facilities. In weekly oral meetings, staff will receive and evaluate observations of facility staff and volunteers on effects of sessions on participants. Program director and artistic director will conduct interviews with participants and facilities staff at the end of the project.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sounds of Hope, Ltd.
Street Address
882 Stryker Ave Ste 1
West St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 225-4179
Administered By
Administered by

Griggs Midway Building, Suite 304,
540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

(651) 539-2650 or toll-free (800) 866-2787
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PO Box 14106
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114 

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