Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
VSA Minnesota
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 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)

All people meeting the project's target group criteria and wishing to participate will be welcomed, and all issues of disability will be accommodated. The project planners will engage independent evaluators to review marketing outreach, observe workshop implementation, review participant self-report forms and conduct interviews at the culminating exhibits to ascertain any barriers in any settings. 2: More than 50% of the project participants will indicate this experience as their first as an adult participating in a public art exhibit or event. Each project participant will complete a demographic form, one portion of which, will ask for information as to previous experiences in being part of publicly displayed or presented art exhibits or arts events.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Two external evaluators, Mary McEathron and Ann Mavis, were contracted by VSA Minnesota to provide evaluation services to the Minnesota Disability Mural Project. A pre- and post-workshop survey was completed by most of the workshop participants. One of the post- questions asked if the workshop had been fully accessible to them. From a total of 1044 survey responses, 843 reported yes, 10 reported no, and 189 didn’t respond to the question. Thus, 1% of the participants felt that because of time constraints (1), table set-ups (2), more personal assistance (2) or some other unstated reason that the workshop was not completely accessible to them. No person was turned away from any workshop and all participants either had a disability themselves or worked with or had a family member/acquaintance with a disability. Of the total participants, 79% expressed positive responses regarding how they felt about their art-making experience, 1% found it frustrating and 20% did not provide a response. 2: Each of the workshop participants were asked a couple of questions in the pre-workshop survey to determine both the frequency of participating in art-making workshops and if they had ever had any artwork that they may have created shown in a public venue. We used this second question to assess Outcome 2. Thirty-six percent (36%) of the respondents indicated that they had had their work on display previously, 48% said no and for 16% of the responses it was unable to be determined. We believe that a majority of the 16% for whom we could not determine a response would have responded no. Thus, we feel very confident in stating that our outcome was met; more than 50% of the participants will indicate this experience as their first for being part of a public art exhibit.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Gail Burke, Wade Karli, Christian Novak, Anne Peacock, Steve Danko, Adam Perry, Adrienne Mason, Sue Warner, Paul Tuveson, Jessica Lee, Stacy Shamblott
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
The Minnesota Disability Mural and Story Project will engage people with disabilities, and those significantly connected to disability, in creating visual art or the written word to explore the question, What does Arts Access mean to me?
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
VSA Minnesota
Street Address
528 Hennepin Ave Ste 305
Zip Code
(612) 332-3888x 1
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