Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network
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)

The goal of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network's Doc U program was to reach out to communities of color, women and low income individuals. We had 45 individuals apply for the program; of them thirty-nine were low income. Of the 39 individuals that qualified, 16 were white, 16 African American, two Native American, four Asian American and one Latino. Of the twelve applicants that were selected for the program all were limited income, seven were women, and seven were persons of color. Seven participants completed their documentaries, six were women and four were persons of color. Having had an application pool that exceeded our expectations and considering that more than 50% of qualified applicants were persons of color we feel we obtained our goal of reaching out to those communities. We did pre-assessments to ascertain the skill level of the participants, we conducted evaluations after each workshop and working group and we contracted with a professional evaluator to do a focus group at the end of the project. 2: In the first year of Doc U seven of the twelve participants reached the primary outcome of having a completed documentary, falling short of our goal of ten completed documentaries. One second goal was for participants to achieve a greater appreciation for the arts. Our independent evaluator conducted a focus group, and responses indicate that participants came to Doc U already possessing considerable appreciation for media arts, and that their appreciation has grown. Most of the participants consider themselves media makers. According to our focus group participants’ enthusiasm for making media remained strong and in many cases appeared to be increased as a result of participating in Doc U. Through post assessments, media management, time management, planning, storytelling and lighting were identified by participants as things they learned through the process.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Cody Fleischfresser, Dawn Mikkelson, Marc Kotsonas, Laura Nevitt, Benjamin Bicknese, Libby Caulum, Santanu Chatterjee, Matt Ehling, Alissa Harrington, Sarah Koscinska
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
The Doc. U project offers a year-long mentorship in documentary filmmaking to low-income individuals who cannot participate in the media arts because of financial barriers. The project will result in ten short documentaries which will be submitted to mult
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network
Street Address
375 Jackson St Ste 250
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 361-8151
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