Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Mixed Precipitation
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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 presented six performances of the Picnic Operetta throughout the metro area. Additionally we performed three concerts featuring selections of music from our show. These concerts were performed at the Walker Art Center, Nicollet Farmer's Market and Mill City Farmer's Market. Also we presented three educations works shops for youth and a symposium and workshop featuring musical selections and in-depth conversation about opera history. Our presenting partners included garden and farming organizations, as well as community organizations. We reached audiences in a variety of neighborhoods including North Minneapolis via partnerships with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation and Saint Olaf Community Church. We have a three year tradition of partnerships on the East Side of St Paul, via the Dayton's Bluff District Council, the Skidmore Park Community Garden and the East Side Arts Council. Additional partners included the Women's Environmental Institute in North Branch, Urban Farming and their site in Frogtown, the City of Bloomington, the City of Falcon Heights, Carlton College and Dodge Nature Center. Our evaluation methods and data sources include: Survey of audience members, Front of House summary data, Financial documents, Meeting minutes from monthly planning meetings, Press and reviews, Survey of artists involved, Survey of staff involved, Survey of performance site hosts (“Garden Hosts” or “Garden Coordinators”), Survey of the Access Advisory Panel, Feedback from focus groups with access services users. 2: Opera is a genre perceived as elitist and difficult to understand. The Picnic Operetta's genre bending tradition is appreciated by our audiences. Our treatment of classical music has been praised for its musical and theatrical excellence as well as its accessibility to those who would otherwise not attend opera. In post-performance evaluations nearly 30% cited that this performance was their first experience with classical music or opera. Among our returning audience, another 30% cited that the Picnic Operetta is the only classical music that they attend on a yearly basis.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Scotty Reynolds, Scott Arley, Scottie Hall, Nick Schneider, Welles Emerson, Bill Beeman, Yolanda Cotterall, Maggie Scanlan, Sandy Moore, Mary Hourigan
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Mixed Precipitation will present sixteen free, site-specific performances in their signature form, the picnic operetta, a hybrid opera performance accompanied by a five-course menu, created for outdoor performance in community gardens and agricultural spa
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Mixed Precipitation
Street Address
2837 Colfax Ave S
Zip Code
(612) 619-2112
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
Abner Arauza: Interim assistant director of intercultural affairs, Concordia College, Moorhead. Producer, "Notas Latinas."; Alice De Yonge: Program director, Project G.E.M.; Millicent Engisch-Morris: Artistic director, The Crossing Arts Alliance. Owner, Quiet River Studio.; Andrew Maus: Executive director, Minnesota Marine Art Museum.; Timothy Peterson: Marketing and operations manager, Cantus.; Bree Sieplinga: Associate director, Upstream Arts.; Audrey Thayer: Adjunct professor, Bemidji State University. C
Conflict of Interest Disclosed