Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Reif Arts Council AKA Reif Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
November 2014
End Date
October 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
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)

We will send company dancers to classes and performances in Minneapolis at the James Sewell Ballet studios two times during the grant period. By creating these opportunities, we are increasing the type and quantity of arts activities available to our students. Goal achievement will be evident by completing these items as documented. 2: We will teach and present multiple performances with James Sewell Ballet at the Reif Center and also one performance in Minneapolis in 2014-2015. By creating this cross-organizational approach, we can offer students the chance to travel, learn and perform for an urban audience which will be a new experience for many of them and a unique learning experience, as well.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We brought eager dance students from northern Minnesota to James Sewell Ballet studios to experience professional dance education. We met weekly with administrative/teaching staff of JSB through teleconferences and occasionally in person to discuss progress toward our partnership goals throughout the grant period. JSB assisted the Reif with creating personalized evaluations of our dancers and provided them with written and verbal results that outline their place on the dance spectrum in terms of leadership, choreography, movement, skill sets, dance prospects, and what it was they could do to grow in each applicable area. 2: A major barrier for our students experiencing professional dance learning opportunities was a financial issue, and Arts Board funds mitigated that issue. Our evaluation method for this outcome was similar in scope to how we evaluated our first outcome: we met weekly with JSB to discuss progress toward our partnership goals throughout the grant period, and JSB assisted the Reif with creating personalized evaluations of our dancers and provided them with written and verbal results of their evaluations. In many respects, just creating these opportunities speaks to the larger issue of mitigating barriers, and we were fully successful on that front.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Dan Margo, Gene Baker, Kirk Adams, Matt Lehtinen, Ben Edwards, Jean Goad, Julie Kennedy, Louise Koglin-Fideldy, Abby Kuschel, Tom Peltier, Jeanne Nicklason, Laurie Passard, Donna Vennie
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Reif Dance wishes to continue to offer an arts learning opportunity for its dancers in which they can grow into skilled professionals with the tutorship and rigorous training provided by James Sewell Ballet of Minneapolis.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Reif Arts Council AKA Reif Center
Street Address
720 NW Conifer Dr
Grand Rapids
Zip Code
(218) 327-5780
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
David Beard: Associate professor of rhetoric, writing studies department, University of Minnesota, Duluth; Camilla Berry: Practicing artist with nursing and education credentials; Amy Giddings: Music specialist, North Shore Community School, Duluth; Jennifer Penzkover: Coordinator, Saint Cloud Arts Commission.; Daniel Stark: Associate Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Joanne Toft: Private educational arts consultant
Conflict of Interest Disclosed