Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
The Cedar Cultural Center, Inc. AKA The Cedar
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
November 2015
End Date
October 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Le Sueur
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)

Build relationships with Somali immigrants by engaging them with dynamic, accessible, and culturally-relevant performing arts programming. We will track the number of participants and partners, evaluate their experience through conversations, video interviews and surveys, and use external performance measurements to assess impact. 2: We will engage a diverse audience, many of whom don’t have opportunities to engage with the arts, including art that reflects their own heritage. We will track audience numbers in the target population and survey their previous arts engagement experience and perception of availability of similar arts engagement opportunities in the community.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Cedar built relationships with Somali immigrants by engaging them with dynamic, accessible, and culturally-relevant performing arts programming. Our Somali Community Liaison attends all of our events that present Somali artists or are focused on engaging Somali community members. She counts participants and has conversations with audience members before and after the show about their experience and monitors website and social media engagement. In FY 2016, an external evaluator and Research Fellow attended selected Arts Access events and surveyed and interviewed partners and participants to assess our achievements. 2: The Cedar engaged a diverse audience, many of whom don't have opportunities to engage with the arts, including art that reflects their own heritage. The main method for determining success is quantitative data. In FY16, the number of Somali audience members that attended Access events increased. We also increased our partnerships to co-host Midnimo and Somali community events in our neighborhood and state. This opened up our ability to serve broader segments of the Somali community while strengthening existing relationships. Cedar staff and partners contribute feedback and observations that ensure that we are reaching the target audience.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Abdirizak Bihi, Chuck Corliss, Michelle Courtright, Jill Dawe, David Edminster, Gallo Fall, Glen Helgeson, Galen Hersey, Brent Hickman, Steven Katz, Cari Nesje, Rob Nordin, Hugh Pruitt, Rob Salmon, Chuck Tatsuda, Mary Laurel True
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
The Cedar will host residencies featuring Somali musicians, copresent events with Somali organizations, and conduct ticket giveaways and culturally competent marketing in order to engage Somali audiences and promote intercultural appreciation.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
The Cedar Cultural Center, Inc. AKA The Cedar
Street Address
416 Cedar Ave S
(612) 338-2674x 103
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
Kjellgren Alkire: Artist and researcher; faculty member, Winona State University; Heather Allen: Program officer, Central Minnesota Arts Board; Lorene Bruns: Arts adminstrator, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre; Melissa Cuff: Grant writer for Saint Paul College and the Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation; Katherine Dodge: Retired executive director, Itasca Orchestra and Strings program; board chair, Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission; Joanna Kohler: Filmmaker and Media producer, community storytelling; Summer Scharringhausen: Program manager, MacRostie Art Center; painter and multimedia artist; Anat Shinar: Instructor, Young Dance; independent project manager, Walker Art Center
Conflict of Interest Disclosed