Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
CHOICE, Unlimited
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
CHOICE, Unlimited's ARTS (Activities Revealing Talents and Skills) program is dedicated to providing and expanding opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Minnesota, and to study, participate in, and share their artwork with the community.
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
Terrell Beaudry: Director of choral activities, Elk River High School. Director of music, Presentation Catholic Church. Tenor, Cirque du Soleil.; Loretta Bebeau: Art educator; Karen Bendtsen: Special education teacher, Intermediate School District 287.; Joanna Cortright: Music and arts education consultant. Developer, Kinder Konzerts (WAMSO), and Star the Music (SPCO).; Phyllis Doyle: Managing director, Mixed Blood Theatre.; Renee King: Vice president, East Central Minnesota Chorale. Arts educator and administrator.; Denise Kulawik: Senior development consultant and screenwriter.; Nicole Selmer: Artist and educator in papermaking, printmaking, and bookmaking.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
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)

Individuals living with disabilities are an underserved population where arts education is concerned. During this grant period the ARTS Program was an outlet for any person wishing to participate in quality, professionally-taught arts instruction within Duluth and the surrounding areas. We achieved this outcome by being the only accessible arts program in the area to offer dance, theater arts and creative writing. In addition, we were one of only a few organizations offering visual studio art classes with a focus on mitigating barriers that people with disabilities face when taking traditional classes. During the grant period, 81 arts learners within our organization had the opportunity to experience the variety of arts learning opportunities offered. Our organization further expanded the opportunity to include the community by reaching out to several agencies serving people with disabilities. The number of people served outside of our agency was 21 community members. 2: This project addressed the need for quality arts experiences and learning opportunities for individuals living with disabilities. The ARTS Program increased the number of individuals participating in inclusive arts learning settings. Arts learners were taught at a pace and with a focus designed for their individual learning styles. It was one of the only programs of its kind in northern Minnesota. The evaluation tools used included one-on-one interviews with participants to evaluate the accessibility of the program, satisfaction surveys, goal planning, and team meetings. Success was also determined by the number of individuals who participated in this grant-funded program and the number of community members that were introduced to the talents of the participants. In order to limit barriers to participation, all instructors had professional experience working with people with disabilities prior to this grant program and all classes were held in accessible locations.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Shawn Stanich, Tom Houghtaling, Steven Thorne, Wanda Grew-Jasken, Mary Braun Kapsner, Jackie Sathers, Ralph Johnson, Pete Barnett, Tom Torgerson, Adele Hartwick
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
CHOICE, Unlimited
Street Address
1829 E Superior St
Zip Code
(218) 724-5869
Administered By
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