Arts Access

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Duluth Playhouse
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
November 2017
End Date
October 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The Playhouse will conduct three sessions of Stage Play; building social skills, confidence, and theatre arts access region wide for children with Autism. Evaluation includes: student assessment before, during, and after sessions, parent feedback, and continued program demand from families, and participant surveys for staff, students, and volunteers. 2: Stage Play mitigates barriers for underserved families coping with Autism Spectrum Disorders to participate in meaningful theatre arts experiences. Stage Play overcomes barriers by providing theatre education for free, compensate for gas/travel when possible, and providing customized supports and experiences for each student to ensure success.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview

Arts Access

Project Details

The Duluth Playhouse and Scottish Rite Clinic will conduct three, ten week sessions of Stage Play: Theatre for Children with Autism. This program will serve youth with a variety of autism spectrum and related disorders.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Gradl Seitz
Organization Name
Duluth Playhouse
Street Address
506 W Michigan St
Zip Code
(218) 733-7551
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. Chair, 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. Officer-at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Mayor of Red Wing, elected 2016. Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies.; 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. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Lisa Anderson: Painter and teacher, on steering committee of the League of Longfellow Artists; Kimberly Buskala: Poet, visual artist, dance facilitator; Katherine Dodge: Retired executive director, Itasca Orchestra and Strings program; board member, Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission; Ryan Evans: Research associate, Wilder Research; musician; Devon Gilchrist: Social services program consultant, Minnesota Department of Human Services; Erinn Liebhard: Artistic director, Rhythmically Speaking Dance; Zahra Muse: Program and outreach coordinator, West Bank Business Association; project manager, Somali Museum of Minnesota; Christopher Palbicki: Artist and writer; former television producer, writer, and director

Conflict of Interest Disclosed