Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
The History Theatre, Inc.
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)

History Theatre will deepen the connection between youth and adult audiences to Minnesotan's shared history through theatre productions and complimentary activities. History Theatre will conduct post-program surveys (in person and online) with participants of the program to assess what barriers Passport to History mitigates (real and perceived). 2: History Theatre increases the number of new, underserved students and audiences and deepens its relationship with current participants. History Theatre will track numbers of new and existing underserved Twin Cities metro and greater Minnesota participating in Passport to History.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Offering subsidy resulted in reaching 1966 youth and 566 adults, exceeding projected attendance outcomes of 1,100 youth and 400 adult participants. 2: Based on data obtained, theatre staff estimate that fully half of all youth and adult participants were new or first-time attendees.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Phil Riveness, Melissa Mulloy, Tyler Zehring, Roger Brooks, John Apitz, Connie Braziel, Wayne Hamiltion, Jillian Hoffman, Susan Kimberly, Gene Link, Gene Merriam, Henri Minette, Cheryl Moore, Jeffrey Peterson, Ken Peterson, Jon Rusten, Geoffrey Slyvester,
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Passport to History offers a PASSPORT, a menu of program and cost options that remove barriers to participation, for underserved youth and adult audiences to attend live theater, with customizable activities including artist-led workshops, guest presenters, and history immersion tours at area cultural venues.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
The History Theatre, Inc. AKA History Theatre
Street Address
30 10th St E
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 292-4323
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