Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Off-Leash Area: Contemporary Performance Works AKA Off-Leash Area
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
February 2014
End Date
November 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)

To engage new audiences by reaching out to underserved communities and encouraging planning, dialogue, and relationship-building with those communities. We will evaluate our goal of engaging new audiences through our one-on-one interactions with the Tour Hosts and their neighbors in the planning of the performances, and the post-performance gatherings in their homes and backyards. 2: Build understanding and appreciation of contemporary art forms by underserved audiences through participation and supplementary programming. We will evaluate our goal of building understanding and appreciation by assessing personal interactions with audience members during the post-performance gatherings, through printed surveys, blog posts, and a dinner with all the Hosts after the tour.

Measurable Outcome(s)

More Minnesotans were introduced to arts experiences outside their usual experience, and expressed interest in future events. 2: 430 patrons filled out the post-performance surveys, and of those 95% indicated geographic, economic, and/or perceptual barriers to their engaging with live arts experiences.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Siana Goodwin, Jeffrey Morisson, Justin Bausch, Meggan Ellingboe, Nina Ebbighausen, Andi Cheney, Jennifer Ilse, Paul Herwig
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Off-Leash Area’s project is the continuation and expansion of our Neighborhood Garage Tour program, touring original contemporary performance throughout the metro area: 24 performances in eight communities, reaching approximately 700 people.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Off-Leash Area: Contemporary Performance Works AKA Off-Leash Area
Street Address
3540 34th Ave S
Zip Code
(612) 724-7372
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
Conflict of Interest Disclosed