Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Shubert Center for Dance and Music Inc. AKA The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
June 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Eight schools will receive five, long-distance dance education sessions involving hip-hop and modern dance instructors, a Cowles Center student matinee field trip, and a post-performance workshop.
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
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)

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. Quantitative data indicate that we met our objectives in terms of schools/students reached. Quantitative/qualitative surveys distributed to students, classroom teachers, and teaching artists tracked individual classroom goal attainment, as well as our overall success in meeting our project objectives. The analysis showed that the live performance greatly increased students’ interest in the dance forms and their enthusiasm about the learning experience. The workshops allowed students to develop a relationship with the artists prior to the performance, which mutually enhanced the students' interest in and understanding of the performance.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The project reached 518 students from eight schools. The program consisted of five free, one-hour distance learning workshops, and augmented our traditional distance learning experience by providing a student matinee performance at The Cowles Center and a post-performance workshop at no cost to schools through bus subsidies and free tickets. The pilot was built on the platform of our award-winning Distance Learning Program, which was designed to remove the barriers of time, cost, and distance to provide a sustained and engaging dance residency experience for Minnesota students through the use of state-of-the-art videoconferencing technology. While the program creates access for students to engage in arts learning directly with teaching artists, it does not address the potential to increase the impact of the learning experience through a traditional performance element. The pilot allowed us to offer a combined distance learning/live performance hybrid program to students at eight Minnesota schools at no cost. The pilot was developed by participating teaching artists and Cowles staff, with a call for interest survey distributed to Distance Learning Program partner schools. Project evaluation showed the strategies to be effective programmatically and in terms of mitigating barriers. 2: The participants were identified prior to the submission of the proposal to the Minnesota State Arts Board. Due to a scheduling conflict with the student matinee and Buffalo High School's testing dates, Buffalo High School dropped the program prior to the start date. We worked instead with Highland Senior High School, reaching eight Minnesota schools (518 students) with the arts learning project as defined in the proposal. We reached 518 more Minnesotans through the pilot project. The participants were selected through a call for interest survey developed and distributed by Cowles education staff to schools that are or have partnered with The Cowles Center for the Distance Learning Program. As background, priority registration for Distance Learning sessions is granted to schools with low-income/low-achievement rates, underserved schools, and schools with which we have successful ongoing partnerships. Each year we aim to work with five new low-income/low-achievement or underserved schools.

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Mandy Young, Rod Baker, Michael Jensen, Kelly de Bruin, Marlis Mahler, Louanne Kaupa, Linda Breyer, Susanne Schroeder
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Shubert Center for Dance and Music Inc. AKA The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
Street Address
528 Hennepin Ave Ste 200
Zip Code
(612) 206-3623
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