Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kevin L. Strauss
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Big Stone
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. More Minnesotans are engaged in arts learning opportunities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

1. We accomplished the goals of this project by: A) Presenting two 3-hour storytelling workshops in each of 14 communities in the Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, Pioneerland, and Plum Creek library systems. Those workshop locations and dates are listed on the Story Academy Evaluation Collection Form, attached with this report. B) Creating a website with 30 video storytelling performances and 60 minutes of online storytelling workshops. This website is active and can be found at www.StoryLibrary.Org. We also accomplished all six of the measurable goals set forth on our grant application. 2. We evaluated our outcomes with participant evaluations after each workshop and instructor observation and evaluation of participant storytelling skills. 2: 1. With this project, we reached 265 adults with high-quality storytelling workshops. Approximately half of workshops participants were either teachers or librarians who, according to surveys, will use the storytelling and public speaking skills from this workshop in their work with both adults and children. In addition, this project created an online story performance and workshop video website. This has given teachers and librarians across Minnesota access to high quality story performances and workshops that they can use in their classroom teaching. 2. We used surveys to determine if more Minnesotans were engaged in arts learning through this project. Over 90% of participants report not attending a storytelling workshop before the Minnesota Rural Storytelling Academy. This is probably due to a lack of arts workshops in rural Minnesota. Fewer than two percent of participants indicated that they would be taking part in artistic activities (writing, music) if they weren't at these workshops.

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
The Rural Storytelling Academy gives all Minnesotans the opportunity to learn how to tell a good, quality story. Live and online storytelling workshops, and a new online library of video stories will help participants develop their storytelling skills.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kevin L. Strauss
(507) 993-3411
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