Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ragamala Dance
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 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)

Real or perceived barriers to participation are identified and addressed. More Minnesotans are able to participate in the arts.

Measurable Outcome(s)

On Dec 12, 2012, Ragamala presented two performances at the Bloomington Center for the Arts: a matinee for K-12 schools and senior groups, and a public performance. This support allowed for free tickets and busing to the matinee, and allowed us to subsidize tickets to the public show ($8 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and free for kids 12 and under). Response to audience surveys, communications with staff from Bloomington Center for the Arts, and communications with schools and senior groups indicate that we were successful in bringing in audiences that were new to both Ragamala and Bloomington Center for the Arts, reaching local audiences, and bringing in senior citizens--groups that we had identified as having financial/geographical/physical barriers to attending Ragamala's work at our usual downtown venues. Attendee response demonstrated that we were successful in easing perceptual barriers (described below), thereby demonstrating that Ragamala’s work can inspire and move audiences of all ages and backgrounds. 2: 234 people attended the public performance—97 adults, 102 seniors, ten students, and 25 children. Surveys indicate that approximately 50% were seeing Ragamala for the first time. We were particularly delighted at senior attendance, as it was a goal to bring our work to seniors with limited mobility. Attendees at the evening performance included a group of 50 seniors from the SABES Jewish Community Center, and a group of eight seniors (four of whom use wheelchairs) from Saint Gertrude’s in the Garden. A full house of 375 attended the morning matinee—groups from Ridgeview Elementary in Bloomington, Eagle Creek Elementary in Shakopee, Ramalynn Montessori in Bloomington, Creek View Elementary in Edina, and 17 seniors from the SABES Jewish Community Center (a different group from those that attended the evening show). Three of the schools and the Jewish Community Center (including the senior group that attended the evening show) took advantage of the free busing offered by Ragamala.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Aparna Ramaswamy, Briar Andresen, Nithya Balakrishnan, Janine Munson, Padma Naidu, Rachel Soffer, Noel Stave, Sunitha Varadhan, James Wilkinson
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Ragamala will partner with the Bloomington Center for the Arts to present a public performance and school matinee. Public tickets will be highly subsidized; tickets and transportation will be free for schools and local senior housing facilities.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ragamala Dance
Street Address
711 W Lake St Ste 309
Zip Code
(612) 964-9213
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