Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Reif Arts Council AKA Reif Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2012
End Date
September 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
The Reif Center will provide dance scholarships for underprivileged children (K-12) in North Central Minnesota, to facilitate access to the arts for those unable to afford it.
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. We track and record all scholarships and tuition in our DanceWorks database and use reports to ensure that we appropriately allotted funds received for dance scholarships, in order to ensure and promote access to the arts. The Reif Center contributed over $10,000 in additional assistance.

Measurable Outcome(s)

By increasing the amount of available dance scholarships, we were able to provide funds to families in need that could not otherwise have afforded to take dance classes at the Reif Center. We created a program where all first-year dancers in our fundamentals program (pre - 1st grade students) danced for free, and this program, combined with providing assistance to families in great financial need in other levels of our dance classes, allowed our program to grow to our strongest number in years. Our targeted community was low-income families in Itasca County and surrounding areas. Our primary consideration for granting scholarships was family income level, and we gave higher scholarships to the lowest income families. Families with dancers in grades two and above that were over a certain income level were not eligible for scholarships. We know that due to issuing a much smaller level of scholarships in the past (and having to turn away many families due to funding limitations) that there is a need for this type of arts programming assistance. Since the dance program is one we have had in place for over twenty years, we already have a solid relationship with our dancers and dance parents, and that made communicating the details of the expanded scholarship program much easier. 2: We know that there is a need for financial support to introduce and assist folks in this area to participate in the arts. With funds from this program, we were able to allow thirty-nine new students a chance to try their first year of dance at no cost, which has had a tremendous local impact. We also assisted forty-five other dancers through full or partial scholarships in upper division classes. The barriers we identified were communicated to us by dance parents in financially challenging situations. We have an open forum each year in which parents gather to communicate their concerns, and increasingly the concern has been not having adequate income to participate in dance classes. We also have a Reif board-led dance committee and a dance parent team that communicate the needs of dance parents to the Reif Center staff. In all cases, financial constraints were always cited, prompting us to pursue a larger scale tuition program to assist dancers at all levels and to fulfill our vision of allowing first-year fundamental students to dance all year at no cost. The strategy we used to eliminate barriers was provided for directly by the Arts Board grant and from our own financial contributions. We feel that this strategy was very successful and led to an increase in overall dance enrollment.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Kirk Adams, Gene Baker, Ben Edwards, Jean Goad, Louise Koglin-Fideldy, Scott Larson, Dan Margo, Barbara McDonald, Laurie Passard, Tom Peltier, John Schroeder, Cathy Shields, Michael Thursby, Donna Vennie
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Reif Arts Council AKA Reif Center
Street Address
720 NW Conifer Dr
Grand Rapids
Zip Code
(218) 327-5780
Administered By
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540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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