Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
New York Mills Arts Retreat AKA New York Mills Regional Cultural Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
February 2013
End Date
September 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
New York Mills Arts Retreat will provide free and accessible performing arts and arts learning activities to 1,500 low-income residents of rural Minnesota at the East Otter Tail County Fair, the Wadena County Fair, and the Todd County Fair.
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
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)

Strengthen a relationship with the Wadena, East Otter Tail, and Todd County Fairs in order to increase capacity to present high quality arts events and arts learning activities. 1) The Fair Boards will identify the Cultural Center as a partner in arts presentation. 2) The arts will take a more prominent place in the Fair promotions in 2013 as compared to 2012. 2: 1,500 low income persons in Otter Tail, Wadena, and Todd Counties will experience arts learning or arts presentation at the 2013 county fairs. 1) A tally of the persons attending events will be made. 2. Focus group assessments will be completed by fair patrons and by Fair Board members.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Cultural Center was successful in strengthening its relationships with the East Otter Tail County Fair and the Todd County Fair. The Wadena County Fair experience was not as fully realized as was hoped for. The Center will be undertaking collaborations with both the Todd County and East Otter Tail County Fairs in the future. There has been a significant growth in understanding of the boards of both the Cultural Center and the County Fairs of the importance of bringing the arts to the community. 2: The total number of persons participating in the events of the three fairs exceeded the projection of 1,500 low income participants. 2,500 persons participated in the project at three county fairs and 36 artists brought their talents and creative expression to three Fairs.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Jerry Mevissen, Trisha McCarthy, Alice Martin, Robert Sonnenberg, Manley Nichols, Dorothy Eskeli, Elisa Korentayer, Rachel Stout, Mary DuBois, Carol Myhre, Nathaniel Welte, John Husband, Vicki Chepulis
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
New York Mills Arts Retreat AKA New York Mills Regional Cultural Center
Street Address
24 Main Ave N PO Box 246
New York Mills
Zip Code
(218) 385-3339
Administered By
Administered by

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

(651) 539-2650 or toll-free (800) 866-2787
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