Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Textile Center of Minnesota AKA Textile Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
March 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
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)

Textile Center's Feed the Fibers field trip program targeted groups from schools, community organizations, homeschool groups, afterschool and enrichment programs throughout the region. This year we worked with ten new partner organizations and built on partnerships with six organizations who had participated in the pilot year. The following groups participated in 2012/13: L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School, Valley Crossing Community School, Green Central Park School (after school enrichment program), Carondolet Catholic School, Lincoln Elementary, YMCA Camp Heritage, Horace Mann Elementary, Shakopee High School, Our Lady of Peace, Community of Saints, Pullman Elementary, Kaposia Education Center, Battle Lake High School, Rogers Middle School Art Club, Holy Trinity School. Partners were chosen via an application process and applicants provided demographic information as well as descriptive narratives about barriers to access and the importance of art to students. 2: This project was designed to help address the financial barriers that schools and community groups encounter which prevents them from participating in hands-on cultural and arts experiences. Partner organizations for 2012/13 were primarily self identified as low to middle income and between 50-90% students on free and reduced lunch programs. Most identified cost for transportation and activity fees being barriers to participation. Comments from the application forms help to illustrate the financial need and importance of this project: Our schools have asked us, as teachers, to teach with little to no cost. This amazing opportunity meets many goals for these students. My goal as a mother of one of these students…[is] to provide amazing opportunities for my kiddo. Our classroom goals, to provide a first rate education to our students. Finally our district goals, to do it all with little to no money. We will not be able to make a trip to the Textile Center if not for this grant."

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Ruth Stephens, Peggy Hunter, Nancy Onkka, Kathi Simonsen, Christine Albrecht, Marty Allen, Jean Campbell, Kim Dayton, Maggie Dayton, Dick Gilyard, Tina Hughes, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, William Mondale, Donna Peterson, Erica Spitzer Rasmussen. Karen Weiberg, Sherri West
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Textile Center will provide in-depth field trip services to after-school and community-based organizations that lack resources for cultural field trips.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Textile Center of Minnesota AKA Textile Center
Street Address
3000 University Ave SE
Zip Code
(612) 370-9142
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