Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts AKA Interact
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
End Date
January 2018
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
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Interact will enrich connections to audiences of people with disabilities by removing financial, informational, and perceptual barriers. We will provide $5 Theater for 600 patrons with disabilities and a companion: track number of used, survey usefulness of informational resources, survey satisfaction with Concierge experiences. 2: Interact will provide experiential access to the arts for education and service professionals who help people with disabilities shape life choices. Track: number of and sectors attending workshops, new perceptions about value of arts in holistic life or as viable career, people with disabilities who learn about arts opportunities through their advocacy.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Interact offered $5 tickets ($15 discount) to people with disabilities and their companions, and marketed in disability community media. We counted number of $5 tickets sold and collected information via short written surveys, though mostly by conversation before and after shows. Users were satisfied. But we did not reach as many as intended. 2: We provided four experiential workshops for disability professionals, taught by artists with disabilities. We tracked attendance - and waiting lists! - collected overwhelmingly positive feedback about new understanding of the value of creative opportunity and new understanding that arts is a viable life endeavor.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Robert Spikings, Maaja Kern, Lori Leavitt, Patricia Bachmeier, Ann Leming, Mary Kay Kennedy, Susan Shapiro, Patrick Dow, Jeanne Calvit
Project Overview
Arts Access
Project Details
Dis/Cover the Arts creates opportunities for artists with disabilities, and audiences of people with disabilities, by providing access to Interact's award-winning performances and visual arts exhibitions, created by artists with disabilities.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts AKA Interact
Street Address
1860 Minnehaha Ave W
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 209-3575
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
Rachel Carlson: Poet, novelist; nominated for Minnesota Book Award; Katherine Dodge: Retired executive director, Itasca Orchestra and Strings program; board chair, Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission; Takara Henegar: Program associate and Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow at The Saint Paul Foundation; Lauren Hughes: Creative arts development supervisor, Midwest Special Services; gallery curator; Keri Kellerman: Managing director, Playwrights' Center; Jessica Roeder: Writer, poet and teacher; Simon Sperl: Director of corporate and foundation relations. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities
Conflict of Interest Disclosed