Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Northern Lights Music Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2013
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
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)

Northern Lights Music Festival creates a database of assisted living facility staff on the Range. Staff can assist in identifying interested residents and help manage their concerns about leaving their facility. In a year, we should be able to identify almost every Assisted Living Facility on the Iron Range and to make contact with staff. If there are barriers to participation, our organization should have worked with the staff to help create access for at least 150 persons. 2: Assisted living facility staff inform us that proximity to toilets is the most serious concern of residents who would like to attend Northern Lights Music Festival concerts. Transportation is a secondary concern. We must know locations of bathrooms in each theatre and how many stalls are accessible. We must seat clients with concerns in the back of the theatre on aisles near staff so that they can quickly be moved without disturbing other clients. We will arrange efficient transportation.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We were able to identify more than a dozen assisted living facilities throughout the Iron Range, including the Vermilion Range and the Mesabi Range. We have become acquainted with the varying functions of each of these entities and the administrators in charge of each. This allows us to bypass some facilities whose residents are too infirm to venture out for a day or evening at a concert or opera. We recognize that over the years, some of these facilities will change their focus but on the relative short term--a period of perhaps three years--we can proceed with our plans without re-tracing our steps annually to ascertain the type of resident in each facility. We have built sound relationships with the administrators in each facility. 2: We learned about accessibility to each of our theaters: Identifying sufficient rest rooms near to the stages to be prepared for the numbers of attendees on walkers and in wheelchairs, along with their caretakers. Partially as a result of our activities, we can report that Chisholm will remove some seats in this year to allow for greater numbers of wheelchairs. Last season, we found that many persons in assisted living facilities were hungry for activities--and our lectures before the events were well-attended and invoked audience participation in the form of questions from the listeners. Knowing how frail some of the residents are, we were gratified that so many made the effort to leave the comfort of their homes to come to join us at the opera performances. We also recognized that many family members of residents took the responsibility to take their relatives to the performances--we provided them with opportunities for time with their families outside of the facilities.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Barbara Baldrica, Matthew Uhan, Carver Richards, Rhonda Zuponcic, Martin Zuponcic, Robert Olsen, Eric Erie, Gregg Allen, David Setnicker, Cathy Hiti, Mary Mulari, Alan Hodnik, Dean Gibson
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
The Northern Lights Music Festival, working with the staff of Iron Range assisted living facilities, will identify assisted living facility residents interested in attending concerts and the opera La Boheme. It will provide preconcert lectures, organize buses, and provide free tickets to residents.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Northern Lights Music Festival
Street Address
PO Box 147
Zip Code
(609) 922-2965
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