Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Reif Arts Council AKA Reif 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
Reif Center Dance will create an arts learning opportunity for our dancers, so they can grow into skilled professionals, with the tutorship, mentoring, and rigorous training provided by James Sewell Ballet.
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
Shari Aronson: Co-founder, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz.; Alison Good: Former commercial artist, educator and administrator; active community volunteer; Zhimin Guan: Professor of art, Minnesota State University Moorhead.; Karla Nweje: Dancer, choreographer, writer, and educator.; Gretchen Pick: Artistic director, Young Dance. Adjunct faculty, University of Minnesota Department of Dance.
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)

By partnering with James Sewell Ballet and employing their instructors for various teaching, mentorship, and artistic advisory activities here at the Reif Center, we increased arts learning opportunities for our students by providing a chance for them to learn from an established and well-respected ballet company. This component was instrumental for many of our students as they look to the future and try to determine if a career in ballet/dance is something they wish to pursue. Furthermore, we created more dance opportunities related to this partnership than we previously offered in the form of a James Sewell Ballet summer dance intensive and a chance for our company dancers to travel to the James Sewell Ballet studios to rehearse with their company (3 total trips). James Sewell Ballet also helped choreograph pieces that were debuted here on our stage during our Reif Company Dance Show. Evaluation was completed via weekly phone conferences and occasional face-to-face meetings between Reif Center and James Sewell Ballet staff/administration. 2: Because of our rural location, our dancers generally do not have access to high quality arts/dance experiences outside of occasional master classes we offer at the Reif when travelling ballet companies, etc., are presented here as part of our performance season. Because of this limited access, we thought it was imperative to collaborate with a high-profile ballet company to increase opportunities to study/learn about dance on a professional level. We were able to achieve that goal with this partnership. Evaluation was done as part of the Reif/James Sewell Ballet collaborative team meetings via phone conferences and sit-downs. We also received high praise from dance parents, community partners, and, of course, the dancers themselves. As part of our planning in the original grant, we also sent one of our dance instructors out to teach dance/dance movement to kindergarten classes (who chose to participate) which made participation possible for those who otherwise would not have had the opportunity.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Scott Larson (Board Chair), Dan Margo (Vice Chair), Cathy Shields (Secretary), Gene Baker (Treasurer), Barbara McDonald (At-Large), Kirk Adams (Past Chair), Ben Edwards, Jean Goad, Louise Koglin Fideldy, Laurie Passard, Tom Peltier (ISD #318 rep.), John Schroeder, Michael Thursby, Donna Vennie
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Reif Arts Council AKA Reif Center
Street Address
720 NW Conifer Dr
Grand Rapids
Zip Code
(218) 327-5780
Administered By
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