Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Crossing Arts Alliance
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2014
End Date
November 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
Mille Lacs
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The project outcome is to see at least 1,000 people in the Brainerd Lakes Region attend the four poetry events planned for 2014. This outcome will be evaluated through a straightforward count of filled seats. Additionally, this will be assessed through a sampled, evaluative questionnaire, and a survey of media reviews (television, radio and print media). 2: We will illustrate that experiences with poetry are essential, that superb experiences with the literary should be available regardless of geography and income levels. With a location in rural central Minnesota, our community is a long drive from the Twin Cities (a cultural, artistic hub), and we need to dream into being literary events for those constrained by finances and geography. Surveys will prove satisfaction.

Measurable Outcome(s)

All events were at the 274 person capacity of the Chalberg Theater. Workshop attendance exceeded our expectations by averaging between 50-85. 2: Evaluations proved out that the poet experience was rated 87% excellent or good. 76% expressed that the event has a positive impact on their lives and was their first poet reading.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Curt Nielsen, President, Pat Altrichter, Vice President, Mary Boran, Secretary, Brenda Pfeffer, Bookkeeper/Treasurer, Paul Bloom, Jeff Collins, Jeanne Larson, Brian Lemieux, Jon Luhrs, Ron Morris, Gambling Manager, Pam Olson-Lorenz, MichelleSakryWinkelman
Project Overview

Arts Access

Project Details

Crossing Arts Alliance and Central Lakes College -Verse Like Water, will organize, promote, and host four internationally known poets with readings, workshops, and a writer-in-residence that will enrich the cultural lives of the citizens of central Minnesota.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Crossing Arts Alliance
Street Address
1001 Kingwood St Ste 114
Zip Code
(218) 833-0416
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

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.; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthopist.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; David Glenn, Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; 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.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Lori Brink: Independent teaching artist in multi-media and visual arts for K-12 and adults; Mary Bromen: Executive Director, Dakota Woodlands Women's and Family Homeless Shelter; Ykatirina Cardenas: Performing artist, theatre arts educator; Elizabeth Larson: Arts administrator, Bach Society of Minnesota; freelance musician; Shakuntala Maheshwari: Folk visual artist and photographer; Jessica Shaykett: Librarian, American Craft Council

Conflict of Interest Disclosed