American with Disabilities Act Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
VSA Minnesota
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2011
End Date
June 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Very Special Arts of Minnesota
Project Details
Accessibility funds are re-granted by Very Special Arts of Minnesota through a competitive application and public panel process.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Jennifer Arave: performing artist, ArtShare co-founder; Annis Clark: consultant, Interact Theatre board; Leah Cooper: Minnesota Theater Alliance director; Stephanie Cunningham: past VSA board member; JoAnn Erbes: co-producer Disability Viewpoints; Michael Foster: Mayors' Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities access chair; Margot Imdieke-Cross: Minnesota State Council on Disability staff; Alex Lubet: University of Minnesota Graduate Group in Disability Studies; Erin McLennon: past Minnesota State Arts Board access coordinator; Lou Michaels: Saint Paul City Council advisory committee; Carisa Rasmussen: Manager, Accessible Homes; Maureen Rosacker: Program Director at Partnership Resources; Stacy Shamblott: Vision Loss Resources; Susan Warner: Courage Center staff, VSA board president.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Jill Anfang: City of Roseville assistant parks and recreation director; Heather Beal: free-lance architectural writer; Melissa Brechon: retired Carver County Library system director; Kathy Busch: realtor, Shakopee School Board member; Shelly Chamberlain: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits director of operations and human resources; Paul Creager: Gordon Parks High School teacher and administrator, Square Lake Film Festival director; Erika Eklund: Playwrights'Center director of external relations; Joan Elwell: Lakeshore Players Community Theatre Managing Director; Kristi Gaudette: Prior Lake-Savage school district program specialist; Peter Leggett: Walker West Music Academy executive director; Christine Murakami Noonan: Minnesota State Fair Foundation Project Manager; Rachel Smoka-Richardson: Childrens Theatre Company director of institutional giving; Margaret Rog: free-lance grant writer and organizational development consultant; Beth Starbuck: retired consultant; Dameun Strange: free-lance musician and composer; Melissa Wright: William Mitchell College of Law assistant director of Career and Professional Development.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council granted these funds to VSA for the purpose of implementing a program to award small grants to Twin Cities 501(c)3 organizations with operating expenses less than $4.46 million to improve their accessibility for people with disabilities through a competitive Request For Proposal and review process.Grants awarded by VSA through this program included a requirement for evaluating measurable outcomes.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Grants awarded by VSA through this program included a requirement for reporting measurable outcomes; as a result of legacy funds VSA was able to form an accessibility program and 16 Twin Cities arts groups will be able to make their facilities and/or prog

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Susan Warner, Gail Burke, Christian Novak, Anne Peacock, Cathy Carlson, Wade Karli, Adrienne Mason, Adam Perry, Frederick Vogt
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
VSA Minnesota
Street Address
528 Hennepin Ave Ste 305
Zip Code
(612) 332-3888x 1
Administered By
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