Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls AKA Saint Francis Music Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
Mille Lacs
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)

We will build formal relationships with social service, juvenile justice, and law enforcement agencies to involve at-risk youth in music programs. Our first year target would be to involve at least twenty at risk youth lessons and weekly group sessions. We will evaluate this goal by attendance and participation and whether they are able to stay in school and out of trouble. 2: Youth that feel that music is not an option for them due to financial concerns, lack of family support or perception of self-worth will participate in music. Involvement of youth that have not participated in any music study in the past and youth with risk factors would be measured by their evaluation, the teachers, and by the agencies that referred youth to us, and evidenced by commitment and participation.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Our goal under this outcome was to build formal relationships with social service, juvenile justice, and law enforcement agencies to involve at-risk youth in music programs. We have achieved this outcome by forming a coalition with representatives of the above agencies and other groups in town, such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Healthy Communities Collaborative. Members of these groups have participated in our meetings and have provided input. We have also identified 51 different at risk youth who have participated in our lessons and groups. There were some students who did not choose to follow the attendance and participation requirements and left the program but the great majority met basic requirements of attendance and practice. Many showed distinct attitude changes for the better. We used basic measurements of students identified and progress of each student. Attitude changes were measured by teacher evaluation. 2: Our goal in this outcome was: Youth that feel that music is not an option for them due to financial concerns, lack of family support and/or self-worth will participate in music. As mentioned about, we identified 51 at risk youth who came to our Music Center, took weekly lessons and participated in any group activities. The great majority of these students had not participated in music prior to this. 38 of the students are still actively involved in music lessons. Of the 12 remaining students, 5 did not choose to participate beyond a few weeks, and 7 had other factors out of our control (transportation, change in foster family, and issues with the law.) The teachers who taught these students and the agencies that referred the students to us all view the program as a success. We do take students who are not referred by an agency as well, who have risk factors.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Tony Kapinos, Laurie Koll, Perry Belcher, Vicki Spofford, Judith Hecht, Monique Sobania, Celo V'ec, Anne Heisick, Sister Mary Patricia Burger, Sister Adela Gross, Robyn Gray
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
The Music Center is creating a music mentoring program for at-risk, late elementary through high school students by providing free lessons and a weekly group music session, all geared toward violence prevention.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls AKA Saint Francis Music Center
Street Address
116 8th Ave SE
Little Falls
Zip Code
(320) 632-0637
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