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Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Regents of the University of Minnesota-Northrop AKA Northrop
Recipient Type
State Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

Northrop will engage 8-10 diverse community organizations and 10-15 community organizers in planning, execution, and participation with Women of Substance. We will evaluate the total number of organizations participating, and assess how fully they participated, how many members were involved, their overall experience, and whether the relationship will continue into the future. 2: At least 3,500 new community members will participate in outreach activities and performances as a direct result of this program. We will record participation numbers at all activities and track the number of free tickets distributed for performances. Surveys, face-to-face interviews, and partner feedback will confirm that participants are new to Northrop.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Through twenty-one engagement activities during the project period, we partnered with nine diverse community organizations, two universities, five schools, and a variety of local artists in planning, execution, and participation of the Women of Substance Residency Project. Key partners included Girls in Action, G.I.R.L. Initiative (Girls in Real Life), East Side Arts Council, Breakthrough Twin Cities, Chinese American Association of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Women’s Center, the Aurora Center, and St. Catherine University. We reviewed event attendance, ticket sales, number of partners, quality/continuation of partnerships, and gathered pre- and post-evaluations from girls involved in the program. With performances and engagement activities surrounding the performances of Bebe Miller Company, Khmer Arts Ensemble, Emily Johnson/Catalyst, Gallim Dance, Shanghai Ballet, and Kate Weare Company, we are confident that we achieved the outcomes we set to achieve in our initial project proposal. 2: We engaged nearly 3,000 new community members through outreach activities and performances as a direct result of this initiative. Though we had initially anticipated reaching 3,500 new attendees, we are confident that the model we developed with our community partners throughout the project created the best experience and meaning for the participants. Using this new engagement model, we plan to sustain and expand this project in Northrop's upcoming performance season.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Richard Beeson, Dean Johnson, Clyde Allen, Laura Brod, Linda Cohen, Thomas Devine, John Frobenius, David Larson, Peggy Lucas, David McMillan, Abdul Omari, Patricia Simmons, Antone Melton-Meaux, Thomas Morgan, Colleen Carey, John Foley, Cecily Sommers, Heather Faulkner, Chas Porter
Project Overview

Arts Access

Arts Access

Project Details

Northrop will create a new Women of Substance residency pilot program that engages underserved girls and women of color in extended residency activities and performances with leading local, national, and international female choreographers of color. The program will address leadership, self-esteem, self-empowerment, and community.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Regents of the University of Minnesota-Northrop AKA Northrop
Street Address
2829 University Ave SE Ste 750
Zip Code
(612) 625-6600
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