Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Clear Waters Life Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Clear Waters Life Center will develop Create It! Community Art Studios that will include three specialized studios, with art teachers and art mentors every Monday, and an open studio for the rest of the week.
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)

Clear Waters Life Center observed art learning opportunities increase in our underserved county by opening three specialized art studios (Pottery, Drawing/Painting and Mosaic/Glass) with Art Teachers once a month (31 times a year with two class times offered each day) and 40 days with Mentors (who learned from the artist and then carried on the instruction to arts learners) every Monday from 1-9pm with an Open Studio the rest of the week where studio members continued their work. We offered two extra arts learning opportunities in Pottery and Painting with guest artists who brought another perspective and expertise having studied abroad. Clear Waters Life Center evaluated the degree to which we increased art learning opportunities by tracking the number and type of classes offered. We used sign in sheets as well as our proposed schedule of classes to track that information. The sign in sheets also helped us evaluate how often the studio gets used during the week when the teaching artists and mentors were not there. 2: We provided art learning classes in Gonvick (Clearwater County) with a minimal fee to help eliminate the barrier of accessibility due to distance and finances. Arts learners attended the classes and studios from our tri-county area (Clearwater, Polk and Beltrami). Classes were provided locally so art learners didn’t have to travel more than 50 miles to a larger town to access art classes because there aren’t any other Art Studios in our area that we know of. Arts learners believe our fees are affordable. Clear Waters Life Center evaluated the degree to which arts learning opportunities are more accessible to Minnesotans by identifying and overcoming the barriers of accessibility due to distance and finances during our first planning team meeting when we set the fees. We collected addresses and contact information from our Studio member registration forms to calculate the distance people were driving. We communicated verbally with members as to the affordability of the fees and convenience of our hours.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Rick Moore, Tom Jones, Verlyn Strenge, Audrey Emmel, Sherry Hjelle, Tim Shamp, John Nelson, Julie Sundquist, Brian Engebretson
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Clear Waters Life Center
Street Address
256 2nd Ave SW PO Box 155
Zip Code
(218) 776-2789
Administered By
Administered by

Griggs Midway Building, Suite 304,
540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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