Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Franconia Sculpture Park
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
February 2013
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Mille Lacs
Mille Lacs
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Franconia Sculpture Park will increase access to the arts for underserved, rural youth from east central Minnesota by providing artist-led guided tours and artmaking workshops through its new Rural Arts Program.
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
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600
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)

Deepen existing relationships and develop new relationships with organizations serving rural east central Minnesota youth. We will track the quantity of youth serving organizations contacted, quantity who became involved and were served. We will survey staff at participating organizations to assess satisfaction, identify issues, and gather suggestions for improvements. 2: Establish a new program to provide arts education programming for rural youth, by reducing financial barriers to participation in tours and workshops. We will track the quantity of youth-serving organizations contacted, and quantity of who became involved and were served. We will survey participants to assess satisfaction, identify issues, and gather suggestions for improvements.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Through the Rural Arts Program, we served a total of 1,231 rural youth, developed new relationships with over 20 youth-serving organizations, deepened existing relationships, and cultivated relationships with groups we hope to serve in the future. Rural Arts program also helped Franconia serve the rural community in more profound ways by encouraging families to attend other programming at Franconia and become more engaged in arts activities within the region. To assess achievement of this outcome, we tracked the quantity of organizations contacted, organizations who applied for the program, and organizations served. This assessment process also provided a way for us to identify underserved areas and groups that we would like to work with in the future. Please see the attached report for detailed results. 2: We successfully achieved the outcome of establishing a new program to provide arts education programming for rural youth by reducing financial barriers to participation in tours and workshops by establishing RAP that served 1,291 East Central Minnesota rural youth with fee-free guided tours, arts activities, and art-making workshops at Franconia’s 30-acre sculpture park. RAP provided rural youth deep engagement with art and artists, expanded notions of art, and exposed participants to the life of working artists in an unintimidating, high-touch setting. To assess this outcome and impact of the program, we conducted: 1) observational and participatory evaluation of youth served to assess progress towards identified learning objectives; 2) online surveys of group leaders to assess impact and uncover barriers to access for arts programming; and 3) in-depth online surveys of artists involved to assess their satisfaction with program administration. Please see the attached report.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Peter Curtis, Dorothy Goldie, Gar Hargens, Libby Hlavka, Erik Janssen, John Joachim, Davis Klaila, Ronald Kopeska, John Kremer, Amy McKinney, Diane Mullin, Josine Peters, John Reinan, Tamsie Ringler
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Franconia Sculpture Park
Street Address
29836 St Croix Trl
Zip Code
(651) 257-6668
Administered By
Administered by

Griggs Midway Building, Suite 304,
540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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