Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
August 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Underserved youth demonstrate increased artistic and leadership skills as they explore career opportunities in the arts through the lens of nature and environmental stewardship. The project is evaluated by gathering qualitative and quantitative data using pre and post-surveys, implementing a reflective protocol process that promotes continuous improvement, and reporting informal observations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Nineteen underserved youth increased artistic and leadership skills as they explored career opportunities mentored by artists inspired by nature. Participants, both teens and artists, participated in reflection sessions held directly after an experience using a SWOT analysis approach. Teens wrote and drew in journals throughout the duration of the program and often referred to their journals as a way to evaluate the week. They also participated in a pre-program survey to determine areas of the visual arts they wanted to explore. All participated in a final reflection session and a formal evaluation of the program.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Sabrina Sutliff-Gross, Janice Hamilton, Barbara Fleig, David Swenson, Deb Holtz, Linda Stuckey, Elizabeth Wright
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
ArtStart will engage twenty underserved teenagers in an exploration of studio arts, poetry, arts education, nonprofit management, and public art through the lens of nature and environmental stewardship.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Street Address
1459 St Clair Ave
St Paul
(651) 698-2787
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; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Private equity manager; board chair, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Maya Beecham: Education team coordinator, Bush Foundation; visual and spoken word artist; freelance writer; Mary Bromen: Executive Director, Dakota Woodlands Women's and Family Homeless Shelter; John Connelly: Independent consultant to nonprofits, photographer; Scott Dixon: Artist and administrator, Commonweal Theatre; Sandra Gillespie: Visual artist; online writing instructor, University of Alaska Anchorage; former program director, Alaska State Council on the Arts; Fatima Said: Executive director, Project FINE (Focus on Integrating Newcomers through Education) in Winona; Robert Weisenfeld: Director of government grants and sponsored programs, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter
Conflict of Interest Disclosed