Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
CLIMB Theatre, Inc. AKA CLIMB Theatre
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
November 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Crow Wing
Mille Lacs
St. Louis
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)

To bring theatre to 55 centers that serve elder Minnesotans whose cognitive and physical challenges limit their access to creating, responding and performing theatre. 1) 55 sites already self-identified as being underserved by theatre and have identified their clients as underserved. 2) A question on our final Staff evaluation will demonstrate whether we have built a relationship by asking if centers will pay $200 to provide future Elders CLIMBing programming. 2: Elders CLIMBing Two creates theatre appropriate to the abilities of Elders that also overcomes transportation, location and cost barriers. Site Staff and Elders assess appropriateness to disabilities barrier on daily evaluations. The final evaluation also asks if they have location, transportation and/or financial barriers and if Elders CLIMBing Two overcame them.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Elders CLIMBing 2 gave 1018 Elders at 55 Minnesota centers access to creating, performing, and responding to theatre. 2: Elders CLIMBing 2 provided appropriate theatre experiences for elder Minnesotans that overcame transportation, location, and cost barriers.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Jim Gambone, Bonnie C. Matson, Joseph Atkins, Bill Partlan, James Olney, Milan Mockovak, Christine Walsh, Peg Wetli
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Elders CLIMBing Two engages 1,238 older Minnesotans, many cognitively and/or physically challenged, in 4-8 sessions to actively create, perform and respond to theater at both English and non-English speaking centers throughout Minnesota.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
CLIMB Theatre, Inc. AKA CLIMB Theatre
Street Address
6415 Carmen Ave E
Inver Grove Heights
Zip Code
(651) 453-9275x 22
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