Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Duluth Playhouse
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2014
End Date
December 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

The Duluth Playhouse and Scottish Rite Clinic will partner to create, and share unique programming combining theatre arts with communication/social skills focus in youth with autism spectrum disorder. Both organizations are strongly committed to the success of Stage Play as an important endeavor and sole arts resource specifically geared to support youth with autism spectrum disorder. Evaluation of success includes the assessment of student participation and growth during each session and meeting the goal number of students per session. 2: Barriers to participation in activities are mitigated by the opportunity, and the effort to provide it tuition free for families. Stage Play overcomes barriers by providing theatre education for free, compensating for gas and travel when possible, and providing necessary supports and customized experiences within the group dynamic.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Playhouse and SRC collaborated to serve students with ASD with three ten week semesters of theatre arts programing. 2: The grant funds from MSAB allowed us to provide Stage Play at no cost to participants.

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Herb Minke, Sandy Hoff, Tom Wheeler, Wayne Hibbard, Casey Russell, Natalie Bothwell,Heather Kjos, Kenneth Kolquist, Patty McNulty, Colleen MacDonald, Jeanie Peterson,Dolly Schnell, Mia Thibodeau, Robin Washington
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
The Duluth Playhouse and collaborator The Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders propose to conduct 3 - 10 week sessions of Stage Play: Theatre for Children with Autism, during 2014. This program will serve youth ages five to fourteen with a variety of autism spectrum disorders.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Gradl Seitz
Organization Name
Duluth Playhouse
Street Address
506 W Michigan St
Zip Code
(218) 733-7551
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