Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
November 2014
End Date
October 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In residencies, Moreland’s K-2 classes will work towards selected Minnesota Arts (theater, music) and National Health Education standards (Mental Health). The project team will collect and compile digital portfolios of student work in all twelve of Moreland’s K-2 classes, scoring it on a high/medium/low rubric against a checklist of Minnesota Arts and National Health Education standards. 2: Moreland students, teachers, and families will demonstrate understanding of how to use puppetry and music as creative tools to address stress. Project team will use written, verbal and visual reflection to assess how participants use and anticipate using the characters, music, story and mindfulness techniques to address stress.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Z Puppets arts and mindfulness residencies helped K-2 students meet arts and science (mental health) standards through puppetry, music and yoga. Moreland and Z Puppets have worked with evaluator Cheryl Kessler since 2012 to measure the impact of the residencies. Kessler’s tools include: comprehensive checklists of components of the residencies and the science and arts education standards each activity helps students meet, video of classes to analyze and document key assessment moments, pre- and post-student tests regarding Habits of Mind, and teacher and student interview regarding gaps and success in meeting goals. 2: Z Puppets’ residencies provide Moreland students, families and teachers with a shared framework and language for cultivating calm through the arts. Professional evaluator Cheryl Kessler video tapes and analyzes classroom sessions to pinpoint indicators of participant understanding of Z Puppets’ creative tools for calm. From Spring to Fall, K-2 students demonstrate an extremely high retention of Monkey Mind Pirates concepts-- especially as related to the metaphor, story, characters and music. Teacher interviews regarding gaps and success in meeting goals also indicate that the students and teachers frequently independently refer to and employ the creative tools for calm beyond when the artists are present.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
John Chandler, Joanne Mansur, Brenda Corbett, Byron Schwab, Matthew Klein, Mark Spur, Stephanie Levine
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School in Saint Paul and Z Puppets will expand successful arts and mindfulness residencies, family workshops, and professional development to add after-school and summer programs.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School
Street Address
217 Moreland Ave W
West St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 403-7800
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. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies; Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn, Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Lawrence Benson: Independent scholar, artist and publisher; Kelly Dupre: Artist and instructor, in printmaking and mosaics; former classroom coordinator, North House Folks School, Grand Marais; Peter Morales: Sculptor of large-scale outdoor pieces; former visiting artist, University of Minnesota, and Jerome Fellow; Louis Porter, II: Teaching artist, COMPAS and Artful Aging initiative, and Givens Foundation; Bethany Whitehead: Executive director, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
Conflict of Interest Disclosed