Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
High School for Recording Arts
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
November 2014
End Date
April 2016
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)

High School for Recording Arts students will develop proficiency in learning instruments; Walker West students will develop proficiency in the recording arts. Both will increase their music theory knowledge. Individuals will be given pre and post assessments in their chosen area of development. There will also be at least three formative assessments. All will be given pre and post assessments in music theory. 2: High School for Recording Arts and Walker West will develop a working relationship that will last well beyond this project, resulting in further collaboration. We will track further collaborations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

HSRA and MacPhail offer different arts experiences. Students demonstrated increases their knowledge of theory and musical/technological skill levels. Several methods were used. Teaching artists evaluated students' initial knowledge of theory and initial skill level in their chosen area. Students also evaluated themselves using a scale of one through five. Intermediate and final assessments were also made. A student focus group was also conducted by Project Manager Tony Simmons, using both survey results and feedback utilizing a Critical Friends protocol. 2: HSRA and MacPhail have developed a good working relationship and plan to continue to collaborate. In fact, we are continuing to work with JD Steele. To assess what barriers existed to students having this type of artistic learning experience and to what extent their opportunities have been increased through this project, we conducted participant surveys and focus groups. To assess an overall increased engagement in school, we performed credit counts comparing the number earned during the semester they became involved in the project with the previous semester.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Dr. Wayne Jennings, Carei Thomas, Paula Anderson, Darryl Young, Tonya Draughn
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Two of Saint Paul's most well-known, and most unalike, music education institutions will team up to provide arts instruction in their fields of expertise to each other.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
High School for Recording Arts
Street Address
1166 University Ave W
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 287-0890
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
Craig Campbell: Working studio arts and glassblowing instructor; Lori Janey: Design engineer, Seagate Technology; board chair, Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater; Brian Jose: Executive director, fine arts programming, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University; Anne Landreman: Visual artist and artist in residence; retired K-5 art specialist; Laura Pereira: Art specialist, Friends School of Minnesota; visual artist
Conflict of Interest Disclosed