Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
VSA Minnesota
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
October 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Otter Tail
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)

Project participants will identify successes in and challenges for the melding of needs, interests and arts explorations in arts and disability communities. Pre and post evaluations will provide data to indicate how arts administrators and patrons and artists with disabilities came together during the project and will work together to forward access initiatives.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota Arts Access Chautauqua attendees learned how people with disabilities are increasingly participating in state arts activities. Two participant surveys were established on Survey Monkey. One survey tracked daily responses each of the two days of the Chautauqua and the other was a post-event survey. In addition, individuals who had been invited to attend the Chautauqua but did not were asked to respond to an additional survey seeking information as to reasons for not attending. Information gathered through these instruments has been compiled and will be used to plan future access initiatives in the state.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Gail Burke, Adam Perry, Steve Danko, Adrienne Mason, Anne Peacock, Christian Novak, Stacy Shamblott, Char Coal, Maggie Karli
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
VSA Minnesota will present a two-day Symposium and Arts Chautauqua in September 2015 bringing together members of the arts and disability communities to explore access to the arts as it exists today and in years to come.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
VSA Minnesota
Street Address
528 Hennepin Ave Ste 305
(612) 332-3888
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