Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ballet Works, Inc. AKA James Sewell Ballet
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
James Sewell Ballet will use funding to provide free transportation to performances and waives ticket fees for underserved Minnesotans.
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)

We were able to forge and develop new relationships. Because the grant specifically allowed us to financially assist and introduce new students to James Sewell Ballet's arts programming, this first outcome allowed us to extend and introduce our work to new populations of underserved students rather than those who simply had the means to participate. Our Arts Access program served students from classrooms as well as dance students from underserved communities in greater Minnesota, The most rewarding measurement tool of our success was to witness the actual enthusiasm of the kids in the program, Of course, through a more traditional means of evaluation, the follow-up and feedback with teachers and dance instructors informed us we that we benefited and reached an appreciative audience. 2: We know we were able to eliminate financial and geographic barriers to broadly include new students and dancers in our programming, achieving both quantitative and qualitative results with the populations we were able to reach; we are always cognizant of accessibility issues in delivering our work. We are known for being an easily transportable and nimble company that has served more than 50 communities throughout the state. The issue is, we have too few artists, human and financial resources to be able to travel to our prospective constituents or bring them to us. Looking alone at the number of counties we were able to serve during the grant period gives us confidence that barriers for participation were eliminated, and the Access grant allowed us to achieve the results we proposed in our application.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Laura Bednarski, Paula Claire, Dean Gentle, Joanne Gordon, Sharon Lewis, James McCarthy, Jenny Lind Nilsson, Martin Rigney, Fred Sewell, James Sewell, Kevin Smith, Steve Suckow, George Sutton, Karen B. Wilson
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ballet Works, Inc. AKA James Sewell Ballet
Street Address
528 Hennepin Ave Ste 215
Zip Code
(612) 672-0480
Administered By
Administered by

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