Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
CLIMB Theatre, Inc. AKA CLIMB Theatre
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)

Sixteen rural Minnesota towns develop an authentic relationship with CLIMB by sharing stories CLIMB develops into plays and performs for them. Through written surveys, interviewees will rate their experience with and if CLIMB respectfully told their story. Surveyed audiences will rate how accurately CLIMB depicted their community. 2: CLIMB enriches existing partnerships with organizations in four Minnesota regions to develop twenty podcasts about their communities. Through phone interviews, partnering community organizations will be asked if they have a stronger relationship with CLIMB, and if they felt the project was worthwhile and a value to their community.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Humans of Minnesota will bring CLIMB Theatre to four rural regions to collect and record residents' stories. These stories and their audio will be crafted into four plays, one performed in each region. Performances will be recorded and podcast throughout
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
CLIMB Theatre, Inc. AKA CLIMB Theatre
Street Address
6415 Carmen Ave E
Inver Grove Heights
Zip Code
(651) 453-9275x 19
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
Christina Cotruvo: Harpist, certified clinical musician, and nonprofit administrator; Gregory Euclide: Visual artist and teacher; Venessa Fuentes: Program manager, Bush Foundation communications team; Jeanene Gross: Art teacher, Nay Ah Shing schools; Andrew Helbacka-Bennett: Creative director, Zeitgeist Arts; Adaobi Okolue: Executive director and publisher, Twin Cities Media Alliance and Twin Cities Daily Planet; marketing strategist; writer; Summer Scharringhausen: Program manager, MacRostie Art Center; painter and multimedia artist; Alessandra Williams: PhD candidate in culture and performance, researching dance and social justice
Conflict of Interest Disclosed