Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
In Progress
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Fresh Voices is a digital arts project dedicated to the creation of photographs, videos, and writing pieces that publicly acknowledge and celebrate the voice of Latinos living in the rural community of Crookston, Minnesota.
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)

Fresh Voices provided a fifteen-day workshop for Latinos living in Crookston. Participants created digital media that was then presented to the public, engaging the local community in socially relevant dialogues about art, and cultural understanding. A total of ten exhibits, screenings and dialogues took place between September 3 and December 15, 2012, with 30 participating artists, 5,930 audience members, and 300 participating in discussion venues. Five professional artists led activities. Participants provided feedback through short written assessments and de-briefing sessions. Informal interviews were held with the artists to further evaluate instruction and implementation. Statistics were calculated on attendance and level of engagement. Evaluation is a constant part of our administrative and instructional process. 2: 100% targeted participation from local artists was achieved. Audience participation exceeded projection by 49%. Evaluation indicated 93 % were proud of their creations and will continue to produce in the future. 98% of the work created addressed cultural themes and/or community barriers encountered. Audience and participant tallies, amount of work created by participants, and detailed evaluation of works created, was used to determine content, quality and audience accessibility. Exit interviews and surveys also provided vital feedback.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Juanita Espinosa, Denise Mayotte, Bee Vue, Bienvenida Matias, Victoria Ramirez, DeAnna Drift, Martin Case, Phillip Winden, Anna Swan Sherwood.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
In Progress
Street Address
213 Front Ave
St Paul
Zip Code
(612) 805-0514
Administered By
Administered by

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

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