Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Theater Mu, Inc. AKA Mu Performing Arts
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 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
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)

1. We were able to bring six taiko drumming residencies to five schools and one assisted living center. These six residencies brought unique arts learning programming to 1,575 people in the state of Minnesota. To our knowledge, Mu Performing Arts is the only organization in Minnesota offering residencies in the Japanese taiko drumming style known as kumi-daiko. 2. At the end of each residency, an evaluation form is sent to school/partner staff and/or teachers, who are asked to rate the residency and provide comments on positive aspects and suggestions for improvement. In addition, our teaching artists are asked for their feedback to determine areas for improvement and success stories. 3. We contacted seven organizations prior to applying for the grant - six schools and one assisted living facility. Five of the groups were longstanding or strong new partners to our taiko programs, one was a former partner who had not been able to bring Mu Daiko back to their school in recent years, and one was a new partner looking for arts programming. Of these, the five longstanding/strong new partners committed to the project, while the other two were not able to commit due to lack of school staff support. However, we were able to create a new partnership through Project SUCCESS with Northeast Middle School and hope to return again in the future. 2: 1. Real and perceived barriers to arts participation were overcome through this project and 1,575 Minnesotans were exposed to a valuable arts learning experience. 2. Through discussions with residency partners and teaching artist feedback, we identified barriers and evaluated success in mitigating them. 3. Real barriers included special needs (cognitive and physical), barriers, and financial barriers. Perceived barriers included perception vs. reality of what participants were able to accomplish from both partner staff and participants themselves. These were identified by Mu leadership staff, teaching artists, and partner staff such as Project SUCCESS facilitators or teachers. 4. Strategies were developed by Mu leadership staff. Rick Shiomi, Mu's Artistic Director, has over 20 years of experience in the arts and arts learning. Iris Shiraishi has a background in music therapy and over 15 years of experience as a teaching artist. 5. To mitigate special needs barriers, modifications were made to best accommodate participants' needs. At Lyngblomsten, the teaching artist customized drum angles and modified lesson plans. At Northeast Middle School, lesson pace was modified and perceived barriers were eliminated by encouraging students to be successful at their own pace.

Description of Funds
Recipient Board Members
Gregory (Greg) C. Anderson, Jeffrey (Jeff) Chen, Don Eitel (ex-officio), Reme Grefalda, Michael Hu, Sundraya (Sunny) Kase, Daniel (Dan) S. Le, Dorothy Mollien, Kari Ruth, Rick Shiomi (ex-officio), Kaimay Yuen Terry, Tom Thao, Paji (PJ) Vitoff, Stuart Weeldreyer, Atlee Wong
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Mu Performing Arts will conduct taiko drumming residencies with elementary, middle, and high school youth, and assisted living senior citizens, at six locations in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Theater Mu, Inc. AKA Mu Performing Arts
Street Address
275 E 4th St Ste 496
St Paul
Zip Code
(612) 789-1012
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