Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
July 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

We provided over 500 sessions (at least one hour each; average of two hours) at 18 recreation centers throughout Saint Paul in our summer, afterschool, and no school day programs. Types of art included: visual arts, mask and puppetry, theater, hip hop dance, painting and collage, filmmaking, jewelry, sculpture and clay, paper arts, break dance, and Aztec dance. We held ten theatre performances in conjunction with Teatro del Pueblo and Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater as part of family night celebrations. For teenagers, we held monthly open-mic nights, weekly writing circles, and short-term workshops on mural art, film production, hip hop dance, MC/rapping, and music video production. We evaluated our outcomes through tracking the number of sessions held, types of art, and by meeting monthly as a partnership advisory committee. 2: Our model's goal was to bring art to neighborhoods and reach the areas most in need. We accomplished this goal by working in 18 recreation centers across the city. Approximately 80 percent of participants qualified for free or reduced-price lunch, and the number was 90 percent or greater at some centers. These participants are unlikely to access any of the fee-based arts learning options available in our community, so offering free programming mitigated cost as a barrier. We obtained income data for participants who attend Saint Paul Public Schools through our participation in the Sprockets database, which allows for aggregate demographic data from the District's data. Our high number of participants and neighborhood-based locations show that transportation as a barrier was mitigated because we were able to reach over 2,000 individuals.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Dan Bostrom, Amy Brendmoen, Melvin Carter III, Kathy Lantry, Chris Tolbert, Dave Thune, Russ Stark.
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
The Community Youth Arts Project expands Saint Paul Parks and Recreation's ability to engage 1,560 at-risk youth in arts learning opportunities at eighteen recreation centers during out-of-school time hours.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Street Address
25 W 4th St 400 City Hall Annex
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 266-6422
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