Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts AKA Interact
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2014
End Date
March 2015
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)

Interact will increase number of people with disabilities who attend our Theater and Gallery events by removing financial barriers. We will provide $5 tickets for Theater event for 750 patrons with disabilities and their companions. We will also provide a $5 subsidy for any patron - Theater or Gallery events - using accessible transportation. To evaluate, we will track number of tickets used and ride reimbursements requested. 2: Interact will mitigate perceptual barriers that people with disabilities might not be welcome, or might have difficulty attending our events. We will track the number of Disability Concierge visits to introduce our work and nurture relationships. We will track questions or problems that arise and how they are reconciled, to create a system of best practices. We will conduct focus groups during and at the end of the project to access satisfaction.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Real barriers – ticket cost – were identified and addressed with ticket discounts. To our surprise, no one asked for the transportation subsidy. 2: We learned about perceived barriers through our new Concierge’s engagement in the community.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Jeanne Calvit, Sally Hebson, Linda Myers Shelton, Jeanie Watson, Robert Spikings, Karin Schurrer-Erickson
Project Overview

Arts Access

Project Details

Dis/Cover the Arts expands its capacity to grow audiences of people with disabilities, and include people with disabilities in arts programming, by removing barriers, fulfilling its mission to create art that challenges perceptions of disability.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts AKA Interact
Street Address
212 3rd Ave N Ste 140
Zip Code
(612) 339-5145x 10
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

Cheryle Caplinger: Executive director of the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra; Mary Flicek: Arts Administrator volunteer for River Junctions Arts Council and Board Member, Grant Writer, Theater Box Office Manager, Marketing; Nicholas Legeros: Sculptor, President of Nicholas Legeros Inc.; Moheb Soliman: Poet and performance artists; staff member at Mizna; Kristine Wyant: Director of corporate and foundation relations., Minneapolis College of Art and Design