Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
February 2013
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 Education

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The quantity and types of arts learning opportunities in the state, and the organizations or venues that offer them increases. Arts learning opportunities are more accessible to Minnesota because barriers to participation have been identified and mitigated. More Minnesotans are engaged in arts learning opportunities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project directly resulted in an increase in the quantity and types of arts learning opportunities in the state as well as an increase in the venues that offer them. We conducted a baseline assessment at the beginning of the project to measure the quantity and types of arts learning currently available at our program site - the Saint Paul Jewish Community Center - and then conducted the same assessment at the end of the project to document the increase. At the beginning of the project period, the Saint Paul Jewish Community Center only offered one arts learning opportunity through a partnership with the Loft Literary Center. No arts learning opportunities were available to people with early stage Alzheimer's disease. At the end of the project, there had been 24 opportunities for older adults with memory loss to engage in arts learning at the Saint Paul Jewish Community Center, and these opportunities expanded to other venues such as Northern Clay Center and Walker Art Center. 2: As a result of this project 64% of participants were able to participate in arts learning opportunities that had previously not been available to them. In addition, 100% of participants reported that the environment was conducive to their learning and creative needs; 99% reported teaching artists' helpfulness when asked as excellent" or "good;" and 100% reported that teaching artists enabled participants to make their own decisions and choices about creating and learning art. These outcomes were measured through a pre/post survey method. Participants were given a pre-survey during the first session of arts learning and then given a post-survey at the completion of the program. The results from theses two surveys were then compared and analyzed."

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Robyn Hansen, Barbara Roy, Alex Cirillo, Jr., Fred Harris, Elizabeth (Sandy) M. Kiernat, James P. Steiner, Xoua Thao, M.D., Rahul Koranne, M.D., Joan Thompson, Ann Wynia, Gary Christensen, Michael J. Monahan, and Julie M. Brunner.
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Wilder will provide arts learning for older adults, including those with Alzheimer's disease and disabilities, by collaborating with Kairos Dance Theatre, Northern Clay Center, visual artist Sandra Menefee-Taylor, and poet Rachel Moritz.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Street Address
451 Lexington Pkwy N
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 280-2000
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002., Peggy Burnet, Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Michael Charron, Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Shari Aronson: Co-founder, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz.; Alison Good: Former commercial artist, educator and administrator; active community volunteer; Zhimin Guan: Professor of art, Minnesota State University Moorhead.; Karla Nweje: Dancer, choreographer, writer, and educator.; Gretchen Pick: Artistic director, Young Dance. Adjunct faculty, University of Minnesota Department of Dance.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed