Arts Activities Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Watertown-Mayer Community Education
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
January 2017
End Date
August 2017
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)

We hope to have over 40 youth participating and over 600 community members attend the shows. Participants will be engaged in a hands on learning environment in a well-rounded theater experience. The professionals and artists involved with the program will evaluate the outcomes and at the end of the project. Financial success is measured by meeting two goals of keeping the participants and audiences fees low, so it is accessible to everyone in the community. The second goal we stay within our project budget expenses. Additionally this year we will ask parents to complete an anonymous online survey with five basic questions to help improve our program. One question asked parents is to rate their satisfaction 1 to 5 (1 = extremely dissatisfied; 5= extremely satisfied with Summer Youth Theater as a program. We are also hoping to receive some practical suggestions to help improve the program. We plan to continue the online survey in future years.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Our feedback summary is a great way to see how families were affected. 9/10 families selected extremely satisfied with their SYT experience, and 1/10 selected satisfied. We planned on 40 youth involved in this year’s show, we ended up with 41. We estimated an audience of 500 and our actual audience was 815! Lastly, the no. 1 comment from the community was how necessary and neat our moral was.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Rachel Bender, Laurie Heid, Joyce Peterson, Lori Seiling, Sarah Soley, Mandy May, Abbey Arthur
Project Overview
Arts Activities Support
Project Details
Funding for a seven-week Youth Summer Theatre Program featuring an original script and musical score. The program will take place during the summer of 2017 at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center and will culminate with three public performances.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Watertown-Mayer Community Education
Street Address
313 Angel Ave NW
Zip Code
(952) 955-0285
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Julie Andersen: Eagan Art House Executive Director; Bethany Brunsell: Music teacher and performer; Shelly Chamberlain: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Operations Director; Marisol Chiclana-Ayla: Artist, Board Chair of El Arco Iris; Jamil Jude: Theatre artist; Tricia Khutoretsky: Public Functionary Curator and Co-Director; Peter Leggett: Walker West Music Academy Executive Director; Dayna Martinez: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Artistic Director of World Music and Dance and the International Children’s Festival; Coleen McLaughlin: Arts Midwest Director of External Relations; Tom Moffatt: Silverwood Park Supervisor; Osman Mohamed Ali: Somali Museum of Minnesota Founder and Executive Director; Kathy Mouacheupao: Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation Cultural Corridor Coordinator; Adam Napoli-Rangel: Artist; Heather Rutledge: ArtReach Saint Croix Executive Director; Djenane Saint Juste: Afoutayi Dance Company Founder; Andrea Sjogren: Hopkins Public Schools Youth Programs Coordinator; Dameun Strange: Composer and performer; Melissa Wright: Twin Cities Public Television.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Bob Peskin: Administration, audit, fundraising; Jennifer Case Phelps: Artistic, volunteerism, fundraising; Mathew Janczewski: Artistic, administration, fundraising; Judi Lamble: Administration, artistic, organizational development; Mark Collier: Artistic, organizational development, administration; Courtney Gerber: Education, volunteerism, audience development; Patrick Rhone: Artistic; Liz Xiong: Audience development, artistic, Community Education; Jennifer Nicklay: Education, artistic, administration.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed