Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Loft, Inc. AKA The Loft Literary Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
November 2014
End Date
September 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
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)

The Loft and Lake Region Writers Network will provide high quality creative writing classes directly engaging an estimated 48 people in west-central Minnesota communities. Track engagement in classes on offer at different venues; surveys measuring project participant assessment of quality, learning, and satisfaction at 75% or greater. 2: Geographic and economic access to high quality creative writing classes is provided in west-central Minnesota to engage populations in the area. Project activities are scheduled at four venues throughout west-central Minnesota; surveys indicate 70% or greater participant satisfaction with cost and location of project activities; two full scholarships per class are provided.

Measurable Outcome(s)

A total of twenty-eight people were engaged in high quality classes, and four prospective Loft teaching artists in west-central Minnesota attended the AWP conference. We tracked registrations for classes via the Loft’s dedicated web page, and monitored the response from the LRWN service area. We asked students to complete surveys after they finished their classes. We also solicited and gathered direct feedback from students and teaching artists. 2: Economic and geographic access barriers were addressed and mitigated through scholarships, online access, and efforts to provide on-site activities. We identified venues in west-central Minnesota communities for project activities, monitored the scholarship application and award process, and surveyed student participants in the three classes that were held. We also solicited and gathered direct feedback from students and teaching artists.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
John Schenk, Jacquelyn Fletcher, Ruth Shields, Nathan Perez, Jocelyn Hale, Kent Adams, Elspeth Carlstrom, Jack El-Hai, David Francis, W. Michael Garner, Sharon Hendry, Marlon James, Ed Bok Lee, Susan Lenfestey, Carrie Obry, Nina Orezzoli, Elizabeth Schott, Karen Sternal, Faith Sullivan, Lori Syverson, Kamau Witherspoon, Margaret Wurtele
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
The Loft Literary Center and Lake Region Writers Network will collaborate to provide creative writing classes for adults in west central Minnesota to support Lake Region Writers Network’s capacity building and constituent service goals.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Loft, Inc. AKA The Loft Literary Center
Street Address
1011 Washington Ave S Open Book Ste 200
Zip Code
(612) 215-2575x 2580
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
Bradley Althoff: Managing producer, national classical music programs, American Public Media - Minnesota Public Radio; Jeffrey Bleam: Chair; department of theatre and film studies, Saint Cloud State University; Diana Joseph: Associate Professor of English at Minnesota State University - Mankato; Leisa Luis-Grill: Actress, designer and visual artist; Robert Ouren, Dr.: Retired music educator; Gretchen Pick: Artistic director, Young Dance. Adjunct faculty, University of Minnesota Department of Dance.; Thomasin Ringler: Associate professor of sculpture, Saint Catherine University; professional artist
Conflict of Interest Disclosed