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Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Family Albums/Greater Minnesota will provide participating learners with access to in-depth arts experiences that relate to their own lives. The success of this project will be evaluated at each site using responses of core learners through daily discussions, journals, and evaluation forms as well as Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater's other tools to assess the residency impact on teachers, families, and community. 2: Provide opportunities for creative problem solving, cooperating in teamwork, and honing observation and communication skills through the art of dance. This project outcome will be assessed through the core students' class participation, written and verbal evaluations, and the overall quality and success of the culminating Family Albums performance created and presented by the core students.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater presented two-week residencies at schools in Grand Rapids and Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Each residency included an opening company performance for the entire school; daily classes with 4th and 5th grade core students; an evening workshop for all school and community families; an after-school workshop offered for the teachers at the school; the creation and performance of an original stage work, Family Albums, featuring all core learners and attended by families, community members, and students; and a video of the final performance. Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater's project was evaluated utilizing a variety of tools: Daily and weekly assessment meetings for teaching artists, daily journals and discussions used by core students, teacher and staff evaluation forms, parent and family evaluation forms, measurement of community response through social media, principal and staff assessment meetings, and student feedback through evaluation forms and Skype wrap-up meetings with teaching artists.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Ruth Balbach, Howard Bell, Mike Brooks, Judi Johnson, Jen Olson, Zoe Sealy, V. Paul Virtucio
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Family Albums/Greater Minnesota will provide in-depth arts residencies in Grand Rapids and Fergus Falls; includes company performances, six artists working daily with 100 students for two weeks at each location, teacher and community workshops, and public performances.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater
Street Address
528 Hennepin Ave S Ste 707
Zip Code
(763) 521-7738
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: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. 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
Alyssa Baguss: Arts programming coordinator, Three Rivers Park District/Silverwood Park; Betty Devine: Jewelry designer and lettering artist; Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists co-op board member; Kelly Dupre: Instructor- printmaking and mosaics; Volunteer and classroom coordinator, North House Folks School, Grand Marais; Scott Gustafson: Department Leader, Visual Arts and Technologies, Eastview High School, Apple Valley; Denise Kulawik: Writer, Producer; Susan Lundin: Director of Government Relations, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities; Ward Merrill: Executive Director, Backus Community Center, presenter; Heather Miller-Shiell: Director of Development and Institutional Giving, Minnesota Orchestra
Conflict of Interest Disclosed