Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Textile Center of Minnesota AKA Textile Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Le Sueur
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)

Fiber art gallery tours and workshops will be provided to youth groups that would not otherwise have experiences in fiber art. Textile Center of Minnesota will create partnerships with youth service organizations and out-of-schools programs. These partners will provide reports on the quality of the field trips and impact on students. 2: Textile Center will reduce financial barriers to its field trip services. 20 field trip packages will be provided free of charge with transportation stipends to project partners.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Our primary goal was to provide fiber art tours and workshops to youth groups that would not otherwise have experiences in fiber art. Through this grant we were able to bring in 23 different groups of students from 18 schools or community groups. 5 groups reported that they have no art curriculum available to students in their programs and only 3 groups reported that their students had limited exposure to fiber art prior to this experience. The following groups and afterschool programs participated in the Feed the Fibers program during 2013: Cleveland Public Schools, Rushford Peterson Schools, Twin Lakes Elementary, L’Etoile Du Nord School, Green Central Park, Brooklyn Jr High, Horace Mann Elementary, Sioux Trail Elementary, Homeschool Adventure Club, Orono Intermediate School, Southern Cross Homeschool Co-op, Shakopee High School, Lincoln Center Elementary, Yinghua Academy, Galtier Community School, Crossroads Discovery Club and YouthCare. 2: Textile Center will reduce financial barriers to its field trip services. Partners were chosen via an application process and applicants provided demographic information as well as descriptive narratives about barriers to access and the importance of art to students. All of the groups selected to participate were provided with a field trip free of charge, and a travel stipend to cover buses to and from Textile Center. Several groups brought packed lunches to eat at Textile Center, which allowed them more flexibility to be able to fit the field trip around other school activities. Partner organizations for 2013 were primarily self-identified as serving low to middle income students and between 50-90% students on free and reduced lunch programs. Most identified cost for transportation and activity fees being the primary barriers to participation in arts programming.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Peggy Hunter, Ruth A. Stephens, Donna Peterson, Tina Hughes, Marty Allen, Maggie Dayton, Dick Gilyard, Rose Herrera Hamerlinck, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Cyndi Kaye Meier, William Mondale, Nancy Onkka, Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, Sherri West
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Textile Center's Feed the Fibers program provides gallery tours and fiber art workshops to underserved youth and young adults, in partnership with community-based organizations and after-school programs that lack resources for cultural field trips.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Textile Center of Minnesota AKA Textile Center
Street Address
3000 University Ave SE
Zip Code
(612) 436-0464
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