Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Central Square, Inc. AKA Central Square Cultural and Civic Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
June 2014
End Date
October 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)

Central Square will strengthen relationships with staff and residents of three Pope County Nursing Homes by providing this opportunity for artistic accomplishment. This outcome will be considered a success by how the residents choose to participate in the creative and performance aspects of Playing With Memories, the artistic quality of their play and how the experience lifts their spirits. 2: Playing With Memories can be accomplished with most Nursing Home participants regardless of their physical or other age related limitations. Success of the project will be evidenced by the numbers of participants in each Nursing Home, their sustained involvement in the storytelling and creative phase of the script and songs and their interest and willingness to participate in the performance phase and by their interest in ever doing this project again sometime.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Twenty-six elderly adults participated in creating and performing an original play with music on the grand stage of Central Square. 2: Most of the participants were in wheel chairs and suffered from age related health issues. And yet the project was so important to them, they seldom missed any of the creative sessions.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Bob Bogart, Dorothy Jenum, Elaine Dobson, Karen Martinson, Lori Zellman, Sandra Josephs, Shannon Bodeker, Tom Olejnicak
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Local theater artist Kathy Ray and singer/songwriter Patty Kakac will engage at least 25 residents of the three Pope County nursing homes in creating and performing an original play with music entitled Playing With Memories. Two performances will be presented on stage at Central Square in late September 2014.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Central Square, Inc. AKA Central Square Cultural and Civic Center
Street Address
105 2nd Ave NE
Zip Code
(320) 239-2175
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
Maya Beecham: Executive assistant and creativity director, Youthprise; visual and spoken word artist; freelance writer; Laurel Bradley: Director and curator, Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College, Northfield; Gregory Bullard: Independent Management Consultant, Bullseye Services Corp.; Melissa Cuff: Director of grants and foundation relations for YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.; Joanna Kohler: Filmmaker and Media producer, community storytelling; Sherri Pugh: Retired community economic developer and philanthropy administrator; Minnesota African American Museum volunteer; Paul Robinson: Director, James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul; Jessica Roeder: Writer, poet and teacher
Conflict of Interest Disclosed