Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Crossroads School and Vocational Center
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Status
Completed
Start Date
November 2014
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Anoka
Blue Earth
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Isanti
Ramsey
Sherburne
Washington
Wright
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
$9,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,000
Direct expenses
$10,000
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Students will perform East African drumming and dance which demonstrates skills in musicality, spatial use and expressivity, as well as understand their relatedness to culture. Outcomes will be measured by observation of participants during the residency and performance. Data will be recorded on participation and on a final performance. Student surveys and discussions will further track their learning and experience. 2: Participants in the residency will have an opportunity to improve skills in working well with others. They will reflect on feedback from each other and their audiences. Observations and short surveys completed by audience members. They would include information on whether they have seen this type of performance before and their response to it. Student reflection on final performance will be included.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In a short time, seven sessions including final performances, students were able to learn complex drumming and dancing patterns from African culture. Teachers took attendance and recorded a mark (on a 1 to 5 scale) for each student on participation which included working well together and the demonstration of learned musical skills at each session. Nearly all of the participants were observed to do an excellent job in all areas throughout the residency. At each session a participant was nominated for doing the best job that particular day, thereby allowing everyone a moment to ponder how excellence looks. 2: They showed patience with themselves and others while learning challenging rhythms and moves. They showed genuine respect for the teaching artists also. Teachers took attendance and recorded a mark (on a 1 to 5 scale) for each student on participation which included working well together and demonstration of learned skills at each session. Nearly all of the participants were observed to do an excellent job in all areas throughout the residency. At each session a participant was nominated for doing the best job that particular day, thereby allowing everyone a moment to ponder how excellence looks.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Marsha Van Denburgh, Suzanne Erkel, Barbara Jahnke, Amy Kelly, Janet Hunt, David Roberts, Scott Schwarz
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Dunyia Drum and Dance will conduct residencies and student performances on West African drumming and Dance at Crossroads School in Saint Francis.
Project Manager
First Name
Cindy
Last Name
Thurston
Organization Name
Crossroads School and Vocational Center
Street Address
4111 Ambassador Blvd
City
St Francis
State
MN
Zip Code
55070
Phone
(763) 753-7146
Email
cindyt806@gmail.com
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
No