Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Activites Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

A total of 2,400 senior citizens will attend 6 free concerts for seniors performed by the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra during the summer of 2015. Enthusiasm for these concerts will be measured by full-to-capacity audiences for each concert at Nicollet Island and excited applause for each selection.We evaluate the outcomes of our concert events by counting our audiences, collecting participant surveys from senior group leaders, observing and noting audience response to the music and hospitality at our concert events, and talking to our patrons and volunteers for feedback. The greatest indicator that our outcomes meet and exceed our expectations is the clamor for reservations in January, and the rush of seniors who wait outside the venue an hour and a half before the concert hoping to get seats close to the orchestra.

Measurable Outcome(s)

About 2,550 seniors attended Free Concerts for Seniors in 2015: 2,000 at Nicollet Island, 300 at Elliot Park, and about 250 at Cerenity. Applause was enthusiastic, patrons enjoyed the performances, and comments to orchestra members were positive. Survey questionnaires filled out by group leaders and seniors were also enthusiastic, and included helpful suggestions for next season as well.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Cynthia Stokes, Lynn Erickson, Ashley Langland, William Goldman, Thomas Austin, Mark Bjork, Michael Coddington, Richard Gaynor, John Gray, Shelley Hanson, Mark Kausch, Kathleen Kresge, Jere Lantz, Martha Stutsman, Barbara Thomas, Arnold Walker, Richard Wi
Project Overview
Arts Activites Support
Project Details
Funding to perform six Free Concerts for Seniors during July 2015. Four coffee concerts will be held at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis, with listeners bused in from senior care facilities throughout the Twin Cities. Community concerts will be held in Elliot Park and at Cerenity Senior Care-Humboldt in St Paul.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association
Street Address
2712 41st Ave S
Zip Code
(612) 219-1707
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Julie Andersen: Eagan Art House Executive Director; Jill Anfang: Roseville Parks and Recreation Program Director; Bethany Brunsell: Music Teacher and Performer; Kathy Busch: Realtor, Shakopee School Board Member; Shelly Chamberlain: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Operations Director; Joan Elwell: Lakeshore Players Executive Director; Mary Erickson: Independent School District 112 Community Education; Anthony Galloway: Actor, Storyteller, West Metro Education Program; Jamil Jude: Theatre Artist; Peter Leggett: Walker West Music Academy Executive Director; Dayna Martinez: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; Colleen McLaughlin: Arts Midwest Director of External Relations; Tom Moffatt: Silverwood Park Supervisor; Christine Murakami Noonan: Minnesota State Fair Foundation; Heather Rutledge: ArtReach Saint Croix Executive Director; Rachel Smoka-Richardson: Children's Theatre Company Development Officer; Dameun Strange: Composer and Performer; Melissa Wright: Twin Cities Public Television.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Susan Rotilie: Education, Artistic, Volunteerism; Daniel Pinkerton: Artistic; Reona Berry: Artistic; Dana Prottas: Education; Jennifer Newell: Fundraising; Taja Will: Artistic, Administration; Lauren Dee: Marketing, Web Design, Organizational Development, Youth Programming.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed