Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Intermedia Arts of Minnesota, Inc. AKA Intermedia Arts
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
December 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

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

Intermedia Arts will eliminate cost, transportation, content-comprehension, and information-access barriers in order to increase access for underserved communities. Intermedia Arts will track the utilization of the access initiatives by members of the target communities and survey participants to determine the extent to which the initiatives reduced barriers and to measure the efficacy of these strategies. 2: Intermedia Arts will serve more members of underserved communities by deepening relationships with six community organizations. Intermedia Arts will track the growth in participation by members of the partner organizations and an outside evaluator will survey the staff of the organizations in order to assess their opinions of the efficacy of the relationship-deepening efforts.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Barriers to access, including transportation and lack of communication, were eliminated and allowed 650 more youth and 85 more adults to be engaged in participatory art activities. Youth and adult mentors that attended Catalyst bus tours were given surveys to determine how they heard about the opportunities and how the provided busing helped in their decision to attend. Adult mentors from partnering organizations were interviewed about how the provided access resources helped their youth become engaged with Intermedia Arts. Surveys were distributed at public events like Family Art Days to determine how the attendees became aware of the event and what they thought of the experiences. Demographic information was collected about participants in art activities to ensure that the targeted communities were being served. 2: Intermedia Arts built deeper relationships with eight community organizations and offered art experiences to 735 more members of traditionally underserved communities. Intermedia Arts' staff visited partner sites to evaluate the impact of outreach and determine with their staff best practices for deepening the relationship. Regular reflection meetings were held to get input on engagement tactics and how best to leverage resources to strengthen the partnership. Surveys were distributed to partner sites that participated in tours and workshops to get feedback on their experience. Data from these methods was used to improve strategies for outreach and engagement. Whenever possible, Youth Leaders from Intermedia Arts and the partner organizations engaged together in planning and reflection.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Omar R. Akbar, Dan Cornejo, Jeff Gatesmith, David Greenburg, Andrew Hestness, Brandy Hyatt, Blake Iverson, Andrea Jenkins, Janis Lane-Ewart, Jeremy McClain, Chaka Mkali, Julia Nekeesa Opoti, Takawi Peters, David Safar, Saymoukda Vongsay, Mark Waller
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
We will increase access for communities of color, Native/Indigenous, low-income, LGBT, and recent immigrants by partnering with local organizations and addressing barriers of cost, transportation, and content comprehension.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Intermedia Arts of Minnesota, Inc. AKA Intermedia Arts
Street Address
2822 Lyndale Ave S
(612) 871-4444
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
Mary Bromen: Executive director, Dakota Woodlands Women's and Family Homeless Shelter; Laura Campbell: Adult day program manager, Southwest Senior Center, ArtSage teaching artist; Kendall Carlson: Communications and events manager for Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES); Cheryl Kessler: Founder and principal evaluator, Blue Scarf Consulting, LLC; Lisa Vesel: Executive director, Minnesota Discovery Center
Conflict of Interest Disclosed