Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Free Arts Minnesota
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
January 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
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)

An eight-week arts learning program in digital photography was created in a collaboration between Free Arts Minnesota, photographer and teaching artist Wing Young Huie and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Though digital photography education for youth certainly exists elsewhere, the quality of the Game Face program and the opportunity it offered to at-risk youth to work with a renowned teaching artist and to exhibit work that reflected their life experiences at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts made this program innovative and truly unique. A combination of surveys for youth participants, social service agency staff participants were implemented. Also, evaluation meetings with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts staff, Free Arts staff and teaching artists were used to evaluate the quality of the program. 2: The at-risk youth who participated in the program experience many barriers to accessing arts education opportunities. 147 youth, who would not have otherwise had the opportunity to participate in a digital photography program, received quality education and displayed their photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. A combination of surveys for youth participants and social service agency staff participants were implemented. Also, evaluation meetings with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts staff, Free Arts staff and teaching artists were used to evaluate the quality of the program.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Keith Boleen, Neil Nurre, Jonathan Zierdt, Herb Kroon, Eric Plath, Tricia Stenberg, Cheryl Regan, David Kim, Yvonne Cariveau, Tom Buck, Ann Vetter, Stephen Dunn, Ken Gertjejansen, Sonja Jacobsen
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Free Arts Minnesota will partner with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and artist Wing Young Huie to provide an eight-week arts education experience through our Weekly Mentorship program, to students at several of our partnering agencies.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Free Arts Minnesota
Street Address
400 1st Ave N Ste 518
Zip Code
(612) 824-2787
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