Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Chorale
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Voices of Experience (VoX) mobilizes and celebrates the voices of Minnesotans 55 and older, engaging new audiences and building understanding through performances by an artistically ambitious chorus organized in partnership with the MacPhail Center for Mu
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)

1) New relationships were indeed built, and existing ones strengthened, with Minnesotans 55 and older. 2) Seniors engaged in the activity provided extensive and ongoing feedback to conductor and administrators, both orally and in writing. Repertory, scheduling, rehearsal practices, dress, and all other aspects of the program were the subject of continuing conversation and review by the population served. 2: 1. Real and perceived barriers were toppled by creating an artistically ambitious chorus exclusively for senior adults. 2. Every singer recruited and retained is a barrier that no longer exists. The Chorale and MacPhail (our partner for this program) have employed our many networks to boost enrollment in the chorus and thus eliminate barriers.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Karen Bair, Elizabeth Balay, Don Davies, Susanne I. Haas, K. Dennis Kim, Wendy Lukaszewski, Gilah Mashall, Bryan Mechell, Sue Melrose, Gloria Olsen, William Opsahi, Marilyn Patasky, Barbara Prince, Karen Touchi-Peters, Robert C. Shoemake, Susan Tarnowski, Rachel Wright, Tene Wright
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Chorale
Street Address
528 Hennepin Ave Ste 407
Zip Code
(612) 455-2102
Administered By
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