Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Intermedia Arts of Minnesota, Inc. AKA Intermedia Arts
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
November 2015
End Date
October 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)

Intermedia Arts will build and deepen relationships with 15 community organizations in order to increase access for 1,500 members of our identified communities. Hire an outside evaluator to track participation by members of our Identified Communities, and will survey partner organizations to assess the efficacy of the initiative. 2: Identify and mitigate barriers of cost, transportation, visibility, representation, and engagement with ongoing input from our identified communities. Track the usage of these accessibility initiatives by our identified communities and survey participants to learn how effective the initiatives were at reducing barriers.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We built and deepened relationships with thirty-eight organizations and increased access to 1,600 members of our identified communities. All youth participants, adult mentors, and audience members completed surveys to evaluate their experiences. Evaluation firm FaceValu also conducted interviews with key project participants such as teaching artists, performers, youth leaders, curatorial associates, community partners, and Intermedia Arts programs staff. These results were compiled into a report to be shared with staff, youth, board members, and artists in order to gage the impact of the program and to improve future iterations. 2: Access barriers (including new ones identified by community in the grant period) were mitigated, enabling 1,600 more people to engage and participate. Youth and adult mentors were surveyed to determine the impact of the events, how they heard about the opportunities, and how the provided transportation helped in their decision to attend. Partner organization staff were interviewed about how the accessibility resources helped their constituents become engaged with Intermedia Arts. Demographic information was collected about participants in art activities to ensure that the targeted communities were being served.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Andrea Jenkins, Mark Waller, Jeff Gatesmith, Julia Nekessa Opoti, Omar R. Akbar, John Cairns, Dan Cornejo, David Greenberg, Andrew Hestness, Brandy Hyatt, Janis Lane Ewart, Jeremy McClain, Chaka Mkali, Takawi Peters, Saymoukda Vongsay
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Intermedia Arts will increase access to high quality arts experiences for communities of color, youth, and LGBTQIA+ communities by addressing barriers of cost, transportation, visibility, representation, and engagement.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Intermedia Arts of Minnesota, Inc. AKA Intermedia Arts
Street Address
2822 Lyndale Ave S
(612) 871-4444
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