Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Arts on Superior
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Identify real and perceived barriers to participation and provide hands-on music making for groups, so that more people participate in the arts. Evaluation will be the number of people participating, the consistency of participants, and leadership within the group that takes place as the participants feel they belong, share drum skills, and become confident in their musical ability. 2: Offer drumming classes free of charge for five identified community organizations that have expressed interest but do not have the funding. Complete ten weeks of free drumming classes with each of the five community groups, inviting the larger community to participate in three sessions with each group.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Real and perceived barriers to art were addressed with this grant. We worked with two populations: assisted/memory care clients and economically disadvantaged clients. In both populations the participants were able to participate in arts (drum and rhythm circles) that they both thought they couldn't do and they did not have access to. Weekly and monthly drum circles were held, drums and rhythm instruments provided and the groups were facilitated in the process of making their own drum song. This project did not teach rhythms but encouraged the group to create their own. This alleviates the stress of having to perform. Evaluations were meetings with the activities directors from AftonRo and de-briefing with the participants at Bayview Terrace (Community Partners.) 2: This program of providing HealthRHYTHMS based drum programs for both Bayview Terrace in Two Harbors and Aftonro in Duluth provided much needed access to the arts for both populations. Bayview Terrace houses economically and physically disadvantaged adults. Many do not drive, have money to attend arts events, or are able to leave the premises. This population was extremely grateful for the opportunity to have music available to them and that they were able to actively participate. Aftonro is a facility for extended care and most of the residents do not leave the premises except for medical appointments. Many of the participants here expressed the need to have access to arts activities where they could actively participate rather than just listen. One 90 plus year old told us, Drumming is good for me.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Linda Melcher, Rachel Nelson, Mary Rosati
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Community drum instruction provides access to the arts for groups identified as underserved due to economic and mobility issues, isolation, and perceived lack of exposure to music. Drum circles support extending and deepening their musical experience.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Arts on Superior
Street Address
PO Box 185
Two Harbors
Zip Code
(651) 208-4991
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: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. 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
Melanie Davis: Volunteer Services and Corporate Engagement Director, Lyngblomsten, St. Paul; Alice De Yonge: Program director, Project G.E.M., nonprofit that serves special needs youth; Anna Deschampe: School Director, Oshki Ogimaag Community School, Grand Portage; Sharon Fischlowitz: Executive Director, Black Label Movement, Minneapolis; David Machacek: Executive director, ArtOrg, Visual artist; MaryLynn Pulscher: Environmental Education Coordinator, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; Toni Quirk: Vice president of development PAI (provides services to adults with developmental disabilities), White Bear Lake.; Kristine Wyant: Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations., Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Conflict of Interest Disclosed