Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Asian Media Access
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Asian Media Access will host the Arts Around Us project with additional music (guitar, piano,rock band) and acrobatics training at its Media Arts Complex, serving North Minneapolis neighborhood and refugee youth, and having community performances and an a
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002., Peggy Burnet, Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Michael Charron, Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Charlene Akers: Executive director, Stearns History Museum.; Katherine Dodge: Executive director, Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program.; Joanna Kohler: Owner, Kohler Productions. Board chair, St Paul Neighborhood Network. Committee member, Minnesota Women in Film and Television.; Patricia Rall: Staff writer, Bemidji Pioneer. Board member, Region 2 Arts Council.; Linda Saint Claire: Writer, White Earth Reservation Tribal Council newspaper. Social service worker.; Daphne Thompson: Real-estate asset manager and broker.; Robert Weisenfeld: Assistant Vice President,Corporate and Foundation Relations, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
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
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Arts organizations build relationships with members of, or organizations that serve, groups that have traditionally been underserved by the arts or by the applicant organization. Real or perceived barriers to participation are identified and addressed. More Minnesotans are able to participate in the arts.

Measurable Outcome(s)

A) Music Learning: conducted music lessons on vocal/guitar/drum/rock band, offered twice a week as 30 min individual lessons. Improvising and composing opportunities for youth, using their known musical vocabulary and infuse what they have learnt of different styles of music, and assist in composition of music for the YIYUSA Dance Drama. Summer Monday-Thursday Daily DJ and music mixing at BOB FM and showcasing through Radio ASIA 106.3 HD. B) Acrobatics Learning: Conducted weekly acrobatics class, with focusing on human pyramid, plate spinning, ball juggling and Chinese yoyo tricks. The teacher has planned as half hour warm up, and half hour flexibility and two hours of skill building. Three community performances additionally joined the YIYUSA performance at February 23-24, 2013 at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium. Our project has targeted low income and “at-risk” Southeast Asian refugee/Pan African refugee youth, aged between 12-18 years old, who lack of financial resources to participate at the tuition based arts classes. We have all youth participants to fill out the survey to evaluate the program result at the end of program. We have 92% satisfaction rate. Once again, we have to expand our after-school program Arts Around Us Project to support at risk of youth of color. The project was offered at Asian Media Access’ headquarters – Multimedia Arts Complex in the heart of the North Minneapolis poorest neighborhoods. We have successfully recruited 61 youth to participate at the Arts Around Us with diverse ethnicities, mostly Southeast Asian and Pan African (African American, Somali, Ethiopian youth) refugees.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Lambert Lum, Ange Hwang, Tria Moua (Nevin Lor) Phil Raskin, Sophia Sour (Garrett Sour), Nathan S. White, Chao Vang (Lillian Vang) Sophia Yang, Emi Yasaka, David Kang
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Asian Media Access
Street Address
2418 Plymouth Ave N
Zip Code
(612) 376-7715
Administered By
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