ACHF Arts Education
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.
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.
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