Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ten Thousand Things Theater
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
St. Louis
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
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.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The primary outcome we achieved with this grant was that we toured a total of 20 different performances (five of each of the last four productions we toured) to 20 different organizations that serve audiences who have been traditionally underserved by the arts, and have never before seen a Ten Thousand Things production. We performed for a total of 1,472 Minnesotans through this project - just slightly under the range of 1,500 to 2,000 we projected in our application. We performed for a wide range of audience members, in terms of age (14 - 92); race (1/3 of the audience members were people of color); geographic location (greater Minnesota, urban Minneapolis, Twin Cities' suburbs). All the venues self-identified as having a dearth--or total absence of--arts and cultural opportunities, and thus relished the chance to have award-winning, professional theater brought to their front door. Ten Thousand Things Theater staff and staff at the sites worked together to evaluate process and impact on audiences.

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Susan Barton, John Beal , Todd Boss, Eric Britt, Jon Halberg, Michelle Hensley , Tricia Hummel, Gina Kastel, Susan Nackers Ludwig, John Lundquist, Shanti Mittra, Michael Morrow, Dan Thomas, Denise Silva
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Ten Thousand Things Theater will tour five performances each, of four productions, created between March 2012 and February 2013 to a total of twenty new venues, reaching between 1,500 and 2,000 low-income Minnesotans.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ten Thousand Things Theater
Street Address
3153 36th Ave S
Zip Code
(612) 203-9502
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