Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Sounds of Hope, Ltd.
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
September 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)

The project will deliver 30-minute concerts to 750 or more seniors underserved by the arts who live in residential care centers in ten cities. The project is about building relationships so the evaluation results should indicate a 50-50 mix of new venues and return venues, with post-concert feedback indicating satisfying results and strong commitment to future arts programming. 2: The project will reach seniors in care centers who do not participate in the arts, including those with memory loss and confining physical conditions. After defining and implementing outreach, staff at the care centers will report success getting high levels of participation from residents confined to wheelchairs, from memory loss areas, and others who do not normally attend events.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The project achieved its outcome of delivering 30-minute concerts to at least 750 seniors living in care facilities in ten cities. In fact, the project visited more than ten cities and exceeded minimum audience numbers by 141, reaching 891 seniors in St. Paul, West St. Paul, South St. Paul, St. Anthony, St. Louis Park, Lake City, Rochester, Winona, Zumbrota, and others. Because of scheduling challenges, concerts did not take place in some southwestern Minnesota cities as originally planned but suitable alternative sites were identified and served. As planned, the mix of new and old venues was roughly 50-50. Post-project feedback was very positive. Visits to southwestern cities were merely delayed, not canceled. 2: An important outcome was to serve seniors facing memory loss and other age-related disabilities. We estimate that 98% of our audience members fell into this category, and so this outcome was achieved very well. The estimates of audience makeup came directly from the staff of the care facilities served and so it is highly reliable.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Judy Morrison, Fred Perez, Virginia Kone, Hannah Hoes, John Choi, Jim Keane, David Pizzuto, Bethany Gladhill, David Badgley
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Seniors in Worthington, Winona, Zumbrota, Chatfield, Redwood Falls, South St Paul, St Paul, and other cities will enjoy concerts and/or make music with professional musicians and young performers from countries around the world.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sounds of Hope, Ltd.
Street Address
253 4th St E Ste 205
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 225-4179
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