Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center, Inc.
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)

Successfully produced/presented the YIYUSA dance drama February 23 – 24, 2013 at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St Paul, Minnesota. Evaluation method: The Show is a great success. With more than 100+ dancers waiving on stage and 600+ audiences cheered non-stop, YIYUSA (Youth International Youth USA) has successfully closed its world première at last Sunday February 24. After the final show, we have hosted a feedback session right away with all dancers, parents and invited audience to join us for evaluation. We have also utilized the social media (Facebook) to collect feedback from audience. 2: This 120-minute YIYUSA show interweaved acrobatics, amazing costumes, and dazzling dances, and combined elements of different Pan Asian Dance. It is a complicated system that involved many youth, parents, artists, and volunteers. The center scheduling was very difficult to coordinate each youth, artists, and volunteers for the whole shows. The very tight budget had limited the perfection of the inventive development, such as music, costumes and stage light, screen design. After the final show, Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center board had asked some artists and other professionals to listen the improvement point of them.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Xiaohe Liu, Board Chair, Quality Control Manager, 3M; Xiaohong Wang Board Secretary, Inventory and Sales services, US Food; Lena Liu, Board Treasurer, Office Manager, Parkway Real Estate LLC; Yinghua Cui, Board member, Special need K-12 teacher, Minnetonka School District; Xiaoming Dong, Board member, MD, Clinic of Neurology, Ltd.
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center will utilize Asian, Indian, Chinese, Hmong and Thai dances and acrobatics to connect with underserved Asian Americans, and develop a Pan Asian Dance Drama YIYUSA (Youth International and Youth at USA) with community input,
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center, Inc.
Street Address
PO Box 131114
Zip Code
(651) 332-3822
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