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Arts Activities Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
East Metro Symphony Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
October 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)

Thorough preparation for, and completion of, three concerts: the Nutcracker with Woodbury Dance Center, Irish Origins with Center for Irish Music, and One Thousand and One Nights; as well as increasing our concert attendance by 20%. During the season we also plan to strengthen our ties with collaborative partners and increase East Metro Symphony Orchestra's visibility and presence as an East Metro arts institution.The success of each concert and our season will be evaluated through several means: a one-page audience survey included inside each program; audience attendance and funds collected; post-concert evaluation session by orchestra members; and feedback from collaborating arts organizations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Positive outcomes this year include surpassing our goal of a 20% increase in audience numbers, as well as seeing more balance in audience make-up, and increased audience donations over projections. Audience survey preferences have influenced programming for next year. Musician/orchestra confidence was significantly boosted by meeting the challenge of successfully performing Scheherazade.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Betsy Lake, Emily Kaczynski, Janice Wenker, Mark Mohwinkel, Sally Browne
Project Overview
Arts Activities Support
Project Details
Funding for three concerts in their 2015 season featuring a December concert with dance students from Woodbury Dance Center, a March concert of traditional and classical Irish music with students from the Center for Irish Music and a May concert featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
East Metro Symphony Orchestra
Street Address
380 Rivertown Dr Ste 200
Zip Code
(651) 351-7066
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