Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
April 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Cantus will engage six to nine residents of CommonBond communities in planning a concert for their communities that is relevant and accessible. The evaluator will design and incorporate discussion questions into the planning process. End of project survey questions will also be based on the program goals and tailored to each audience’s involvement in the project. 2: 400 underserved adults will attend and show enjoyment of a free Cantus concert in their own community that reduces barriers of location, relevance and cost. Attendance data will be collected and surveys and/or focus groups designed around program goals will be employed.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Cantus engaged over 200 individuals in CommonBond communities and 150 homeless individuals in concert programming that was relevant and accessible. The evaluator reached out to key staff, organization partners and participants to determine benefits, successes, opportunities for future improvements and improving audience access. 2: 390 underserved adults experienced Cantus in a comfortable community environment which broke down barriers of location, cost and culture. The evaluator reached out to key staff, organization partners and participants to determine benefits, successes, opportunities for future improvements and improving audience access.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Wendy Holmes, Chuck Peterson, Julie Carver, Noel McCormick, Katie Berg, Pete Cochrane, Elizabeth Cutter, James Dorsey, Chris Foss, Martha Graber, Patricia Kirkpatrick, Libby Larsen, Brock Metzger, Marit Nowlin, David Ranheim, Jeff Reed, Karl Reichert, Paul Rudoi, Craig Shulstad
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Cantus will work with six to nine resident members of CommonBond Communities to plan, program, and perform three on-site performance experiences that break down barriers of cost, location, and awareness.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Street Address
PO Box 2379
Zip Code
(612) 435-0046
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. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Yvonne Cory: Storyteller and textile artist, marketing representative, Faribault County Fair, career and technical instructor, Blue Earth high school; Melissa Cuff: Director of grants and foundation relations for YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.; Venessa Fuentes: Philanthropy writer at Project for Pride in Living, poet; Sandra Gillespie: Visual artist, online writing instructor, University of Alaska Anchorage, former program director, Alaska State Arts Council; Gabriel Green: Founder and executive director, Wolffe Cultural Center, Duluth, founder and senior pastor, Church of Restoration Twin Ports; Paul Robinson: Senior community leadership consultant for the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Conflict of Interest Disclosed