Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Stages Theatre Company
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
St. Louis
Blue Earth
St. Louis
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Stages Theatre Company will tour Stories for the Stages, a theater and language arts integrated residency and touring project that will reach five Minnesota public middle schools.
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)

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)

Stages Theatre Company was able to bring a touring production of The Diary of Anne Frank and a two-week theatre arts-integrated classroom experience to five Minnesota middle schools that would not have otherwise had access to this arts experience. For this project, Stages Theatre Company worked with middle schools in Big Fork, Duluth, Mankato, Columbia Heights and Minneapolis. In order to evaluate the project, Stages Theatre Company hired an independent professional evaluator to design teacher surveys and work with the teaching artists to design and review the curriculum and gather additional information needed to evaluate the project's impact. Stages Theatre Company's full evaluation report is included as an attachment to this final report. 2: By bringing the tour of The Diary of Anne Frank and the classroom experience to five middle schools, Stages Theatre Company provided a theatre arts experience to 801 additional Minnesota students who would not otherwise have had access to the theatre arts in their school. Two teaching artists worked directly with 801 6th-8th graders and collaborated with eleven teachers in the classroom on playwriting, adaptation for the stage, and staged readings. This project used Stages Theatre Company’s embedded professional development model where classroom teachers worked alongside Stages Theatre Company’s teaching artists and received hands-on experience in implementing the arts-integrated curriculum. Using the Create, Perform and Respond model, Stages Theatre Company teaching artists and classroom teachers guided students in the use of theatre and playwriting techniques to write their own scripted scenes adapted from literature. Stages Theatre Company artists worked with teachers in order to adapt this activity to use literature that students were reading in class.

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Peggy Abrams, Susan W. Allen, Laura Bishop, Jeb Burke, John Butcher, Lisa Clemens, Lisa Collins, Tracy Daye-Groves, Karen Winter Dekker, Kim Field, Rusty Field, Barry Gersick, Todd Harmsen, Darrick Hills, Kim Hogan, Marc Jennings, Shawn Murphy Johnson, Mimi Keating, Lisa Kline, Lisa Lentini, Elizabeth Lori, Dave Mahler, Vicki Mogilevsky, Jolene Nelson-Helm, Kristin Parrish, Dawn Holicky Pruitt, Tiffany Richter, Laura Sandall, Judy Schumeister, Bryan Wall, Wayne Zeien.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Stages Theatre Company
Street Address
1111 Main St
Zip Code
(952) 979-1132
Administered By
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