Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
The Cedar Cultural Center, Inc. AKA The Cedar
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2014
End Date
December 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

1. We will build relationships with Somali immigrants by engaging them with dynamic, accessible, and educational arts programming. Success will be evaluated through attendance by the target population at Cedar events, conversations with program participants and target audience members, number of organizational partners, and impact on the community as determined by external market research. 2. The Cedar’s Somali Community Liaison and Senior Administrators will work with Somali leaders and organizations to overcome barriers to participation. Success will be evaluated based on whether we are able to engage new individuals from the target audience in our programming who were previously disinclined to participate.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We engaged new and repeat Somali audience members by programming Somali and non-Somali artists of interest in partnership with Somali organizations.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Abdirizak Bihi, Sarah Bowman, Michelle Courtright, David Edminster, Everett Forte, Glen Helgeson, Galen Hersey, Steve Katz, Cari Nesje, Rob Nordin, Jeff Potter, Hugh Pruitt, Rob Salmon, Chuck Tatsuda, Mary Laurel True, Robert Simonds
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
The Cedar will continue and expand our program that engages the Twin Cities’ Somali immigrant and refugee communities with the arts, through music performances, workshops, poetry readings, and collaborative, interdisciplinary events.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
The Cedar Cultural Center, Inc. AKA The Cedar
Street Address
416 Cedar Ave S
Zip Code
(612) 338-2674x 103
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
Michele Coppin: Painter and instructor, including work with seniors and genocide survivors; Katherine Dodge: Executive director, Itasca Orchestra and Strings program; board chair, Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission; Venessa Fuentes: Philanthropy writer at Project for Pride in Living; poet; Robert Hybben: Instructor, Hamline University; writer; Irna Landrum: Executive director, Summit-University Planning Council; community organizer and leadership developer; MaryLynn Pulscher: Environmental Education Coordinator, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; Patricia Rall: Staff writer, Bemidji Pioneer; board member, Region Two Arts Council; Summer Scharringhausen: Board chair and former gallery director, Altered Esthetics; painter and multimedia artist; Robert Weisenfeld: Assistant vice president, corporate and foundation relations, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
Conflict of Interest Disclosed