ACHF Arts Access
Minnesota Center for Book Arts on the Road will develop and expand book arts participation in underserved greater Minnesota through ongoing local programming for artistic expression. Minnesota Center for Book Arts will evaluate increased participation, heightened interest in the expressive potential of the book arts, and expressed desire by our three partner organizations to collaborate in the future. 2: Minnesota Center for Book Arts meets greater Minnesota’s declared need for arts access by resolving financial and geographical barriers that face underserved communities. Participation rates and observation data from participants, teachers and staff will indicate whether financial and geographical barriers have been mitigated to involve greater Minnesota in the book arts.
MCBA partnered with community organizations in Ely, Red Wing and Moorhead to offer free and low cost all-ages book art experiences. MCBA’s participant evaluations include numerical rankings of instruction, content, expectations for the workshop, and future book arts interest. A majority ranked all categories at 5 (Strongly Agree). Commentary was enthusiastically positive, often noting an appreciation for the access to quality instruction. For example, from Ely: The instructor is amazing! As an artist, instructor, and someone who can deliver a complex subject matter in a fun style. The class was supremely perfect. 2: MCBA on the Road removed barriers of cost and geography in greater Minnesota through free community events and low-cost workshops for artistic expression. MCBA’s Comprehensive Program Evaluation Plan (CPEP) includes as measures of success: communication with populations served through participant evaluations, and post-workshop evaluations by faculty and partner staff. MCBA’s greater Minnesota residency evaluations include quantitative rankings of the community event and the workshop experience (from registration to instruction); and qualitative feedback on teaching goals, student-specific issues, and interest in continued book arts involvement.
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