Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
CLIMB Theatre, Inc. AKA CLIMB Theatre
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
February 2015
End Date
October 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
Lac qui Parle
Otter Tail
St. Louis
Yellow Medicine
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)

Nine sites not using theater partner with CLIMB. 95% of their staff say learners benefit. Actor/job experts evaluating learners say 93% improve skills. Site staff complete final written evaluations. Learners getting ten sessions do mock job interviews videoed before the first and after the last class. Acting and job experts judge the videos. 2: 100% of partners say CLIMB overcame barriers they and/or their learners experience that prevents participation in arts learning. All executive directors write recommendation letters that include confirmation CLIMB mitigated the barriers to arts learning that were present for their sites and their students.

Measurable Outcome(s)

9 organizations not using theatre partnered with CLIMB. 99% of staff said learners benefitted. Actor/job experts say 100% of learners improved skills. To determine the degree of project success, CLIMB used a multi-tiered evaluation plan including: daily staff and student evaluations, final evaluations, artist journals, quizzes, and third party reviews of mock interviews. CLIMB, reviewed all evaluation data regularly. CLIMB considered the project a success if 95% of staff reported that learner’s benefited on the final evaluation, and if 93% of learners participating in the mock interviews showed improvement. CLIMB surpassed both measures. 2: 100% of partners say CLIMB overcame barriers they and/or their learners' experience that prevents participation in arts learning. Each partner organization submitted a letter indicating if CLIMB overcame their students’ barriers to arts participation. 100% of partner organizations submitted these letters and noted CLIMB's success. Moreover, though not an outcome measure, CLIMB also asked students to both identify barriers, and if CLIMB overcame these barriers in the final evaluations. 94% reported CLIMB barriers to participation in these evaluations.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
James Gambone, Representative Joseph Atkins, Bonnie Matson, Milan Mockovak, James Olney, William Partlan, Christine Walsh, Peg Wetli
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
CLIMB Theatre works with 829 at-risk, low-income teenagers enrolled in five metro and five greater Minnesota work readiness programs in order to train them in the theater skills that will help them get and keep a job.
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. 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
Courtney Gerber: Associate director of education within the learning initiatives division at the Walker Art Center; Danette Olsen: Self-employed strategy consultant and teaching artist; William Wiktor: Retired engineer and software developer; Rochester community arts and non-profit volunteer; Andrew Wykes: Associate professor of painting at Hamline University, St Paul
Conflict of Interest Disclosed