Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
New York Mills Arts Retreat AKA New York Mills Regional Cultural Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
October 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will provide free and accessible performing arts and arts learning projects to 3,000 low-income residents of rural Minnesota, through the East Otter Tail County Fair and the Wadena County Fair, in July of 2012.
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
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) A broad range of arts learning workshops (5) were provided to fair goers at each fair that allowed participants a project-based experience with take-home materials to continue their arts experience. The musical performances included many genres including: bluegrass, and British Isles folk music, flash mob dance experience. For nearly all who participated, this was their first flash mob experience. This grant gave us an opportunity to connect with the fair boards, Boys and Girls Club and 4 H, broadening our reach and helping build partnerships for the future. 2) To evaluate we used printed surveys, verbal feedback and for the musical performances a series of questions asked by the performers with hands raised for responses. We were very interested in learning if participants felt the fair was a good venue for arts learning and 93% of the responders said yes. 2: 1. All the organizations involved have asked us to return next year if possible and are anxious to make access to the arts an even higher priority at the 2013 fairs. The arts learners overwhelmingly responded the fair was a good venue for new arts experiences and the fair boards were delighted with the events added to positively expand the fair experience for attendees and add something new to attract more audience. The perceived barrier that arts are not inclusive was overcome with the informal surroundings and all participants responded positively to their experience. 77% of participants responded this was their first experience with a new artform. 2) We used written surveys at the end of each arts learning event to determine acceptance of the art form taught and whether it was a first time experience and if the new skills learned would be used in the future. 95% of the Boys and Girls Club participants responded a 1(being best) and two on a scale of four on how they rated the activity.

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Trisha McCarthy, Elisa Korentayer, Bill Warner, Manley Nichols, John Husband, Amy Sobieski, Vicki Chepulis, Alice Martin, Patrick Kilby, Jerry Mevissen, Nathan Welte, Tammy Olson, Dorothy Eskili, Peder Butenhoff.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
New York Mills Arts Retreat AKA New York Mills Regional Cultural Center
Street Address
24 Main Ave N PO Box 246
New York Mills
Zip Code
(218) 385-3339
Administered By
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