Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lyra, Inc. AKA Lyra Baroque Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
The Lyra Baroque Orchestra will produce six family concerts and create a youth baroque orchestra of young performers (under 18), to play alongside Lyra musicians and remove the barriers that keep families from attending baroque concerts.
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)

Real or perceived barriers to participation are identified and addressed. More Minnesotans are able to participate in the arts.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Barriers identified were: 1. It is too expensive to attend concerts as a family, 2. Traditional classical music concerts are too long for young children, and the format is not conducive to quality time between parents and children, and 3. Traditional concert format produces anxiety in parents about how their child/ren will behave. We addressed these barriers by making concerts free for children and students, making concerts one hour long and creating an environment that is child-friendly (tables set up with coloring activities, snacks provided, doors left open with easy access to hallway and bathrooms), and by programming movements of classical music rather than complete works. We announced at every concert that it is okay for children to make some noise, dance, move around, exclaim at exciting moments, etc. We evaluated if this worked by speaking and handing out surveys to willing parents and children after concerts while they looked more closely at instruments and met musicians. 2: Because of Lyra's Family Concerts and Lyra Youth baroque orchestra, families were able to attend classical music concerts at a very low price, and participate in a very high quality arts experience. Additionally, 14 young musicians (under 18) participated in a performance with Lyra musicians, received coaching to prepare for these performances, and were able to play with baroque bows and harpsichords. This project outcome is very clear, and measured simply by attendance, and Lyra Youth participation, which was kept track of by staff and volunteers.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Bert Poritsky, Richard Schieffer, Bruce Willis, Kevin Geraghty, Ginna Watson, Debra Sittko, Joanna Shelton, Lester Horntvedt, Lowell Anderson
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lyra, Inc. AKA Lyra Baroque Orchestra
Street Address
275 E 4th St Ste 280
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 321-2214
Administered By
Administered by

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540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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