Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
In Progress
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2013
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Fresh Voices is a digital arts project dedicated to the creation of photographs, videos, and writing pieces that publicly acknowledge and celebrate the voice of Latinos living in the rural community of Crookston, Minnesota.
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
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)

Thirty members of the Latino community of Crookston will create video and photographic works that demonstrate an understanding of the aesthetics and principles of the art form. Completed artwork will be evaluated accordingly to Minnesota State Standards in the Arts, using assessments designed by the project director in compliment with teaching artists. Participants will use arts criticism as a means for self-assessment and growth that will be collected and synthesized. 2: 3,000 Crookston residents will be introduced to public exhibitions and screenings of participant created artwork. Additional exhibits will expand the audience to a total of 5,000. Audience tallies and informal interviews with participating artists and audience members will be collected and reported on.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Thirty-two members of the Latino community of Crookston created video and photographic works that demonstrated an understanding of the aesthetics and principles of the art form. This outcome was achieved by providing facilitated guidance and instruction by 4 professional artists. Participants created digital media that was then presented to the public, engaging the local community in socially relevant dialogues about art, and cultural understanding. More than 50 photographic works and five videos were produced through this process. Works were critiqued, revised and often improved as part of a critical assessment process that used federal and state arts standards as a reference for critique. 2: 6,311 local audience was achieved through this project. An additional 1,790 has been achieved to date through online venues with an expectation of 30,000 to be reached within three years. An additional 3,500 are expected to be reached through touring exhibits by March 2014. These audiences largely represent rural communities and Latino audiences that are largely overlooked when it comes to the arts, thus establishing new interest and engagement in the arts. Audience sizes were determined by tallies collected either by In Progress evaluator, or tallies gathered from community partners. These counts were typically taken from seat counts and daily attendance averages reported.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Juanita Espinosa, Denise Mayotte, Phillip Winden, Bee Vue, Martin Case, Victoria Ramirez, DeAnna Drift, Bienvenida Matias, Anna Sherwood, Karen Starr
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
In Progress
Street Address
213 Front Ave
St Paul
Zip Code
(612) 805-0514
Administered By
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540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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