Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$96,946
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
The Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
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
$96,946
Other Funds Leveraged
$55,554
Direct expenses
$152,500
Administration costs
$40,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.75
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Members of new Asian, Latin, and African immigrant populations attend films and participate in Songs of Exile in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Fest, in April 2013. Track attendance with multilingual feedback surveys; observe and record community engagement at events and discussions; qualitative feedback from community partners; track commitment opportunities e.g., promotions, RSVP lists, free/reduced admission. 2: Members of first generation African immigrant communities attend films and participate in the Trans-African Film Festival in fall 2013. Track attendance with multilingual feedback surveys; observe and record community engagement at events and discussions; qualitative feedback from community partners; track commitment opportunities e.g., promotions, RSVP lists, free/reduced admission.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Members of new Asian, Latin, and African immigrant populations attend films and participate in the Diaspora Project's Songs of Exile in Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul’s International Film Fest, April 2013: The Songs of Exile program included sixteen films from across cultures and continents, each addressing the themes of movement and dislocation, and drew diverse new and returning groups from throughout the community into our theaters. These films attracted some 3,000 paying audience members and an estimated 1,000 non-paying attendees during the Festival and brought together people of many cultures in the discussion of their stories. Audiences came from richly varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including the new Asian, Latin, and African immigrant communities, many of whom were inspired to assist with the Diaspora Project's Images of Africa Project in the fall. 2: Members of first generation African immigrant communities attend films and participate in the Diaspora Project's Images of Africa film series, Fall 2013: Local African and other new immigrant communities were very involved in the planning and promotion of Images of Africa, were in attendance throughout the series in significant numbers, and greeted each film included in the series of 27 films with enthusiasm. More than 1,000 tickets were sold, and an estimated further 1,000+ people attended the numerous pay-what-you-can screenings and free screenings offered throughout Images of Africa. Audience polls showed widely positive responses to the films included in this series and many indicated a desire for further presentation of similar films.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Melodie Bahan, Anne Carayon, Senator Richard Cohen, Tom DeBiaso, Tim Grady, Mary Reyelts, Robert Silberman, Susan Smoluchowski, Karen Sternal, Mark Tierney, Stephen Zuckerman
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
The Diaspora Project is a program of films, dialogues, and discussions that explore the cultures and experiences of Minnesota's growing international communities, illuminating elements of the human experience that exist across all cultural boundaries.
Project Manager
First Name
Susan
Last Name
Smoluchowski
Organization Name
The Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul
Street Address
125 Main St SE Ste 341
City
Minneapolis
State
MN
Zip Code
55414
Phone
(612) 331-7563x 206
Email
susan.s@mspfilmsociety.org
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
No