Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
CLIMB Theatre, Inc. AKA CLIMB Theatre
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
May 2014
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

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

Elders CLIMBing serves elders in day care centers. While CLIMB has served children and adults with disabilities for 37 years, we have never served elders with disabilities. Pre surveys give baseline data on prior chances to create theatre and assess familiarity with terms/skills we will be teaching. Staff evaluate effects on Elders, including verbal and non-verbal communication and socialization skills. 2: Elders with disabilities require onsite programs with specialized approaches to creating, performing, and responding to theatre--which we will offer. Evaluations completed by the Adult Day staff, Elders and our Actor Educators will assess each session's appropriateness to our audience and will provide feedback that we will use to amend the sessions as needed.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Elders CLIMBing brought the arts to older Minnesotans in adult day care centers who, due to cognitive and physical challenges, had very limited access to seeing theater and even less access to creating it. Pre surveys of the participants and the adult day staff created baseline data regarding prior opportunities they may have had to create theatre. Adult Day Staff helped to evaluate the measurable effects on their Elders, including verbal and non-verbal communication and socialization skills. This was accomplished with our evaluation process developed specifically for this project. 2: The Elders in Adult Day Cares required adaptive strategies and a very specialized approach to creating, performing, and responding to theatre. Using our new training and prior experience, we are created sessions that were specialized and appropriate. Evaluations completed by the Adult Day staff, Elders and our Actor Educators assessed each session’s appropriateness to our audience and provided feedback that we used to amend sessions or strategies as needed.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
James Gambone, Bill Partlan, Joseph Aitkin, Bonnie Mattson, James OLney, Milan Mockovak, Peg Wetli
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Elders CLIMBing engages 784 underserved elder Minnesotans in 41 adult day cares. Many cognitively and/or physically challenged, these elders participate in four, 45-minute sessions that have them actively creating, performing, and responding to theater.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
CLIMB Theatre, Inc. AKA CLIMB Theatre
Street Address
6415 Carmen Ave E
Inver Grove Heights
Zip Code
(651) 453-9275x 19
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
Katherine Dodge: Executive director, Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program.; Elizabeth Flinsch-Garrison: Education and Outreach Director, Northern Clay Center; Patricia Grimes: Arts Coordinator- Sanford Center ( Neilson Place), Bemidji; Susan Haas: Artistic Producing Director, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis; Joanna Kohler: Filmmaker and Media producer, community storytelling; Jennifer Monroe: President of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota and Treasurer of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association; Sherri Pugh: Director of Operations, Sabathini Community Center; Robert Weisenfeld: Assistant Vice President,Corporate and Foundation Relations, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
Conflict of Interest Disclosed