Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Park Square Theatre Company AKA Park Square Theatre
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
February 2013
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)

1. Hired twelve ASL interns to greet and assist ASL patrons upon arrival; recruited and train three ushers to assist with audio description patrons; Hosted two theatre open-house events to introduce patrons to our venue and services (one had very poor attendance due to snow storm); collaborated with Thompson Hall Deaf Club, Bread of Life Deaf Church, Vision Loss Resources and Lyngblomsten Senior Living on six special events to connect our artists with patrons in their own environment; held two disability awareness trainings with part-time/volunteer front line staff; recruited community advisors/liaisons, created special ASL videos to target the deaf community and promoted them through VSA e-blasts and; 400 free tickets were distributed through agencies that serve seniors and the disabled community (Wilder, Lyngblomsten, Kaposia, Vision Loss). 2. Tracked sales/attendance records; conducted surveys, interviews and focus groups, tracked use of devices, services and wheelchair seats. 2: 1. After year one of the project (2011 grant), we were hoping that use of ASL and AD interpretation would increase from the due to increased performance offerings, interpreted discussions and events, but instead the use decreased from 480 in 2011 to 260 in 2012/13. Only a handful of patrons with sight impairment took advantage of our pre-show sensory tours, but those patrons reported high satisfaction and a new level of engagement with the productions and with Park Square because of the tours. Captioning use grew from 280 in 2011 to 4,195 in 2012/13. Sales of wheelchair accessible seats went from 1,716 2011 to 2,145 in 2012/13. We did not track the exact usage of assisted listening devices in 2011, but we had many nights when we ran out of available units, so increased our capacity. In 2012/13 229 patrons used these devices, most for multiple performances. 2. Tracked sales/attendance records; conducted surveys, interviews and focus groups, tracked use of devices, services and wheelchair seats.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Jeff Johnson, Sara I. Beckstrand, Judy McNamara, Julie Cox, Caldwell Camero, John L. Berthiaume, Elizabeth H. Cobb, Barb Davis, Rajiv Garg, Kristin Geisler, Karen Heintz, Phil Jungwirth, John Lefevre, Tim Ober, Naomi Pesky, Keith Schwartz, Jim Smart, Robert W. Thompson, Helen Wagner
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Park Square Theatre will enhance its efforts to expand access for individuals with disabilities by addressing barriers of price, understanding, transportation, limited performances, and knowledge of opportunities.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Park Square Theatre Company AKA Park Square Theatre
Street Address
408 St Peter St Ste 110
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 767-8485
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