Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
The mental health musical, Fidgety Fairy Tales, promotes positive images of children with mental health disorders. This live musical theater will visit five treatment centers.
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)

Beyond Fidgety Fairy Tales - The Fourth Mental Health Musical toured to five sites. Saint Joe's in Minneapolis is a residential treatment site for adolescents with mental health disorders. Emma's Place in Maplewood offers long term housing for families where the parent has a mental health disorder. Omegon in Maplewood is a residential treatment site for teens with both a mental health disorder and chemical dependency. Midwest Special Services in Apple Valley is a day treatment program for adults with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. Northwood's in Duluth is a residential treatment program for youth with mental health disorders. Surveys were filled out by the coordinator at each site. They all strongly agreed that having the performance come to their site made it more possible for their clients/residents to participate and that they were entertained. 2: All of the activities in this project were done at the sites at times and within time frames that worked best for the residents/clients. All activities were free to participants. Approximately 300 people at five sites were able to participate. The activities were evaluated with an online survey completed by the site coordinator. Verbal feedback was also gathered during our question and answer sessions with the audiences. We chose not to do written evaluations with audiences because of the difficulties we found in our fiscal year 2011 project. For example, one site does not allow residents to have pens. Audiences were always respectful, enthusiastic, and asked many questions. All site coordinators agreed that the activities were entertaining, formatted in a way that was helpful to their clients, and educated about mental health.

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Joel V. Oberstar, MD, Deborah Saxhaug, Katie Cullen, Michele Fallon, Rev. Bart A. Fletcher, MDiv, Kerry D. Frank, PhD, Philip Kampa, John Pace, Danny Porter, MSW, LICSW, Ramon Runa, Michele Vance, Linda Walinski, RN, MA, LP
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health
Street Address
165 Western Ave N Ste 2
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 644-7333
Administered By
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