Arts and Cultural Heritage

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Commonweal Theatre Company
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2017
End Date
December 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 ACHF Arts Education

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Provide access to participation in the arts for more Minnesotans. Raise the quality, types, and number of arts opportunities in our region, including an increase in the organizations or venues that offer them. The Commonweal maintains detailed records of attendance, revenue generation, and costs and benefits. Audience feedback will be heavily sought through surveys, anecdotal feedback, social media, and critical response from local media.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Commonweal Theatre was able to produce three high-quality arts experiences featuring a more diverse range of artistic voices, styles, and stories for southeastern Minnesota audiences. The productions were well-attended and enthusiastically received.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Charles Aug, Alan Bailey, Barb DeCramer, Jill Frieders, Chris Hanson, Wendy Mattison, Sarah Peterson, Jose Rivas, Joan Ruen, Dave Schutz
Project Overview

Arts and Cultural Heritage

Project Details

Commonweal Theatre's Wealhouse Series

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Commonweal Theatre Company
Street Address
PO Box 15
Zip Code
(507) 467-2905x 203
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Kjel Alkire: art faculty at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota; John Becker: art business owner; Hal Cropp: Executive Director of Commonweal Theatre; Daved Driscoll: Executive Director of Northland Words; Julie Fakler: Director of Operations at Paradise Center for the Arts; Drue Fergison: linguist, writer; Lee Gundersheimer: theatre artist and director; Connie Nelson: music educator; Jane Olive: costumer; Steve Schmidt: musician, arts administrator.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Andrea Gaffke: artist; Judy Hickey: arts administrator; David Kassler: composer; Marie Maher: arts administrator; Carter Martin, arts administrator; Kathy Peterson: playwright; Mary Ruth: artist; Jon Swanson: arts administrator.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Robin Pearson (507) 281-4848