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Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rosy Simas Dance Projects
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2014
End Date
June 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 significant portion (more than 30%) of the audience and participants will be from non-dance going audiences and the Native community. Audience surveys will demonstrate that to at least 40% of the audience the production was engaging and shifted their view.Evaluation will be based on audience and student attendance at workshops and performances and discussions. As well we will use audience surveys to measure success and artist feedback.

Measurable Outcome(s)

180 attended the performances, 15 attended the panel discussion, and 20 participated in the two workshops offered. Six artists from diverse backgrounds were well supported and therefore able to engage as full time artists in the creative and performance process. Choreographer Simas was named City Pages Artist of the Year for 2014 productions of We Wait In The Darkness and Skin(s).

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Laura Waterman Wittstock, Marne Zafar, Hans Eisenbeis, Terri Yellowhammer, Lisa First, Deborah Jinza Thayer
Project Overview
Arts Activites Support
Project Details
Funding to create Skin(s), a contemporary dance project featuring Indigenous/Native artists that includes performances, workshops, panel discussion and audience talk-back sessions. Performances will premiere in the Right Here series at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in November 2014.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rosy Simas Dance Projects
Street Address
2217 26th Ave S
Zip Code
(612) 719-9605
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
Mary Grace Flannery: Organizational Development, Administration, Community Development; Teresa Mock: Artistic, Audience Development, Organizational Development; Joan Vorderbruggen: Administration; Alex Legeros: Administration, Artistic; Carrie Christensen: Community Development, Education, Artistic; Toni Wilcox: Education, Administration; Christine Karki: Youth Programming, Education, Artistic; Paul Humiston: Administration; Deneane Richburg: Artistic, Community Education, Marketing.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Jeff Prauer (651) 645-0402