Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Reif Arts Council AKA Reif Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
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)

We will expand our relationship with the clients of Second Harvest North Central Food Bank by offering the largest free ticket program in our history. Success, in this case, is measured by attendance and quality of experience. We will network with Second Harvest throughout the season to ensure that their constituents are given the support they need to attend and enjoy their experience. 2: It is our goal to offer 480 free tickets and to ensure that at least 25% of people who attend are first time Reif Center attendees. We know from previous experiences with free ticket programs that a large percentage of those who attended had never been to the Reif Center before (and had never seen live performing arts). When polled, nearly 100% stated money was the barrier to access.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Our first proposed outcome was that we will expand our relationship with the clients of Second Harvest North Central Food Bank (SHNCFB) by offering the largest free ticket program in our history. We accomplished this goal by blocking out 10 seats for all 42 events in our 2013 calendar year. We then created vouchers for the free seats and delivered them to the staff at SHNCFB who, in turn, distributed them to their clients. SHNCFB staff maintained a system whereas they could track who received vouchers to ensure as many new people as possible were able to attend live performing arts events. We feel our collective efforts created a very successful partnership and a valuable community service. 2: When we created our estimates, we had only one half of our season booked (Jan-June, 2013) as we run on a fiscal year of July 1 to June 30 versus a calendar year. As we rounded out our new season and included the requisite July to December events, we came up with a total of 42 events at ten tickets each, or 420 total vouchers distributed. That said, the vast majority of voucher holders redeemed their vouchers the night of the event, and due to congestion in the ticket lines on event nights, we complete a quick sale action in the box office that doesn't allow us to record names, addresses, and demographics. That being said, we can't be 100 certain that we eclipsed our estimate of reaching 25% or more new patrons, but many of the voucher recipients were first timers by their own verbal admission.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Kirk Adams, Gene Baker, Ben Edwards, Jean Goad, Louise Koglin-Fideldy, Scott Larson, Dan Margo, Barbara McDonald, Laurie Passard, Tom Peltier, John Schroeder, Cathy Shields, Michael Thursby, Donna Vennie
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
The Reif Center will partner with Second Harvest North Central Food Bank to offer free tickets to its 2013 events for its constituents. Collectively, the organizations believe it is their responsibility to feed the stomachs and the souls of the community.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Reif Arts Council AKA Reif Center
Street Address
720 NW Conifer Dr
Grand Rapids
Zip Code
(218) 327-5780
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