Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
CLIMB Theatre, Inc. AKA CLIMB Theatre
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
June 2014
End Date
September 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Mille Lacs
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

432 hours of theatre programming increases the quantity of opportunities. This is a unique project including Lazzis, hip-hop, pantomime, and short, wordless plays performed at fairs/festivals. Actor-Educators record student contact hours on CLIMB’s standard statistics sheet. The final evaluation students complete will ask if they, or anyone they know, has ever participated in a project like this. 2: To overcome financial and location barriers twelve community leaders identified, CLIMB will travel to rural communities to conduct free theater workshops. Actor-Educators will keep mileage logs. A final evaluation asks students if they paid anything to participate in this project. A final evaluation asks students what barriers they see.

Measurable Outcome(s)

CLIMB overcame financial and locational barriers touring to thirteen rural communities to conduct free theatre workshops. 2: Students engaged in 447 hours of theatre training in lazzi, hip-hop, pantomime, and short wordless plays. 76% had not done a project like this before.

Recipient Board Members
Jim Gambone, Bonnie C. Matson, Joseph Atkins, Bill Partlan, James Olney, Milan Mockovak, Christine Walsh, Peg Wetli
Project Overview

Arts Learning

Project Details

CLIMB actor-educators will conduct a 30-hour summer theater skills workshop for 96 high school age youth in twelve rural Minnesota towns. Workshops culminate in student performances of three short, wordless plays to be presented at local fairs and festivals.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
CLIMB Theatre, Inc. AKA CLIMB Theatre
Street Address
6415 Carmen Ave E
Inver Grove Heights
Zip Code
(651) 453-9275x 19
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

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.; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthopist.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; David Glenn, Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; 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.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Agnes Alsgaard-Lien: Visual artist and art instructor; Kristina Clark: Independent museum exhibit developer; Kathleen Corrigan: Breck Middle School and Upper School Arts Specialist; Amy Giddings: Music specialist, North Shore Community School, Duluth; Alison Good: Former commercial artist, educator and administrator; active community volunteer; Narate Keys: Poet, songwriter, and program development specialist for the City of Apple Valley Teen Center; Jill Nysse: Library media specialist, Winona Area Public Schools; Janet Skidmore: Independent artist and performer

Conflict of Interest Disclosed