Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Caponi Art Park AKA Caponi Art Park and Learning Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
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

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Head Start students and their families will engage with Caponi Art Park and become more likely to visit again and participate in other programs. Students and their parents will be surveyed about the quality of their experience at Caponi Art Park, their interest and the relevance of the program, and the likelihood they will visit again.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Caponi Art Park will partner with the Head Start program of Scott, Carver, Dakota CAP Agency to provide hands-on arts experiences and interactive performances for low-income preschool children and their families.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Caponi Art Park AKA Caponi Art Park and Learning Center
Street Address
1205 Diffley Rd
Zip Code
(651) 454-9412
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Member of the Smithsonian National Board. Former chair of the board, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Officer at Large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Ceramic artist. former executive director of the Minnesota Project.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Kjellgren Alkire: Artist and researcher; faculty member, Saint Mary's University Winona; Adam Courville: Arts educator and manager, puppeteer; studying for master''s in nonprofit management at Hamline; Shelley Johnson: Theater and dance teacher at Franklin Middle School; Cheryl Kessler: Founder and principal evaluator, Blue Scarf Consulting, LLC; Jessica O'Brien: Associate director, Minnesota Council of Churches’ Mankato refugee services; Dameun Strange: Bush Foundation Community Innovation Team member
Conflict of Interest Disclosed