Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Le Sueur
St. Louis
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)

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.

Measurable Outcome(s)

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.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Dara Beevas, Laurel Bradley, Ronnie Brooks, Mathea K.E. Bulander, Duncan Campbell, Patrick Coleman, Eric Crosby, Valerie Deus, Diane Katsiaficas, Lyndel King, Peggy Korsmo-Kennon, Marci Malzahn, Steven McCarthy, Diane Merrifield, Kjersti Monson, Barbara Portwood, Sherry Poss, Regula Russelle, Ryan Scheife, Odia Wood-Krueger
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Minnesota Center for Book Arts on the Road will resolve geographic and socioeconomic barriers that limit participation in three greater Minnesota communities, by engaging all ages with needed access to free and low cost art experiences.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Street Address
1011 Washington Ave S Ste 000
(612) 215-2525
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
Susan Berdahl: Director of marketing and communications, St. David's Center; Laurel Bradley: Director and curator, Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College; Mary Flicek: Arts administrator, board member, River Junctions Arts Council; Scott Gilbert: Theater artist and educator, director and producer, Segue Productions; Nicole Helget: Memoir and fiction writer, Mankato; Elizabeth Larson: Arts administrator, Bach Society of Minnesota, freelance musician; Larry Retzlaff: Landscape painting artist, portrait photographer, cofounder of Third Life Studio, and founder, Q1 Gallery, Minneapolis; Emily Wright: Managing director, Minnesota Guitar Society
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600