Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$147,400
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Illusion Theater and School, Inc. AKA Illusion Theater
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Hennepin
Ramsey
Martin
Faribault
St. Louis
Washington
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
$147,400
Other Funds Leveraged
$75,000
Direct expenses
$222,400
Administration costs
$19,200
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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)

Illusion brought arts learning opportunities to youth at nine sites in Minnesota, making it easy for them to access our theater education program and gain experience creating and performing with guidance from professional artists. We conducted work at schools in Duluth, Blue Earth, Fairmont, St Paul, and New Brighton, and at Courage Saint Croix in Stillwater. We also brought youth from these sites – including Duluth – to student matinee performances at Illusion. Additionally, we brought youth from many of these sites to Illusion to participate in the Summer Institute. In evaluating the outcome, we maintained records of the sites where we conducted work and the numbers of youth served. We also spoke with participating youth, the adult liaisons at each site, and with the teaching artists to determine how well barriers were mitigated. In all cases, Illusion’s residencies were successful in removing barriers. 2: Illusion provided new opportunities for youth to engage in arts learning at all of the nine sites Minnesota sites, providing theater education and training, and giving them wonderful chances to work with professional artists to create and perform work. As outlined above, we worked with students in schools in Duluth, Blue Earth, Fairmont, St Paul, and New Brighton, and at Courage Saint Croix in Stillwater. Youth from these sites got to see professional theater live when they attended student matinees at Illusion. Additionally, we brought youth from many of these sites to Illusion to participate in the Summer Institute. In evaluating the outcome, we maintained records of the sites where we conducted work and the numbers of youth served. We also spoke with participating youth, the adult liaisons at each site, and with the teaching artists to determine their level of satisfaction with the program. All were highly enthusiastic about the arts learning opportunities we provided.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Robert Alama,Dr. Mark Bisignani ,Anthony Bohaty, Willie Bridges,Barbara Brin,Amy Kramer Brenengen, Vivian Martin, James W. Dierking , Doug Frank, Keith Halperin PH.D. ,David L. Hansen ,Christine Hansen, Christina Herzog, Christopher Madel , Bonnie Morris, Danica Natoli , Julia O'Brien (LOA) , Emily Lilja Palmer,Therese Pautz (President) , Jeff Rabkin,Karl Reichert , Michael H. Robins, Sally Scoggin (Past President), Jim Smart ,David Stamps, Susan Thurston (Vice President), Chris Wurtz.
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Illusion Theater will expand its Peer Education and Summer Institute arts education programs, reaching underserved youth in greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities with enriching arts learning experiences.
Project Manager
First Name
Michael
Last Name
Robins
Organization Name
Illusion Theater and School, Inc. AKA Illusion Theater
Street Address
528 Hennepin Ave Ste 704
City
Minneapolis
State
MN
Zip Code
55403-1814
Phone
(612) 339-4944x 208
Email
mrobins@illusiontheater.org
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
Mary Baier: Educator and administrator, Minnesota Public Schools. Trainer, Minnesota Principals' Academy.; Scott Bean: Artist, retired art teacher, member of Marcy Arts Partnership.; Anne Dugan: Curator and interim director, Duluth Art Institute. Founder and co-director, Free Range Film Festival.; Joan Eisenreich: Director, Mankato Public Schools Community Education and Recreation program.; Keitha Hamann: Associate professor of music education, University of Minnesota. Research chair, Minnesota Music Educators Association.; Nils Heymann: Art educator, St Thomas University.; Rebecca Meyer-Larson: Director of theater, Moorhead High School and ACT UP Theater.; Heather Miller-Shiell: Director of development and institutional giving, Minnesota Orchestra.; Kirstin Wiegmann: Cultural policy and leadership instructor, St Mary's University. Education and community engagement specialist, Forecast Public Art. Artist and arts consultant.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No