Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rochester STEM Academy
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
November 2014
End Date
June 2015
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)

100 Somali immigrant students in Rochester will participate in an art form that is otherwise unavailable to them. Each student will be expected to write and perform five spoken word poems (two solo and three group) by the end of the residency.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Ninety Somali immigrant students created and performed spoken word poetry at several public events in Rochester. Parents, students, teachers, and other community members completed surveys and provided oral feedback to evaluate the effectiveness of the spoken word residency. Feedback from all stake-holders was exceedingly positive and noted the transformative power of Frank's work with our students. In addition, Frank and the lead teacher met for many hours to discuss the residency and to plan for future residencies.

Recipient Board Members
Jill Leet-Otley, Mohamoud Hamud, Abdulkadir Abdalla, Zachary Jones, Abdullahi Yare
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Teaching artist Frank Sentwali will conduct a 6-week spoken word residency for 100 Somali immigrant students drawing on the rich Somali tradition of poetry.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rochester STEM Academy
Street Address
415 16th St SW
Zip Code
(507) 281-2381
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
Scott Dixon: Artist and administrator, Commonweal Theatre; Kathryn Gainey: Professor of art, Saint Cloud State University; Gail Holinka: Art Instructor, Minnesota West Community and Technical College; chair, Worthington Public Arts Commission; Susan Potvin: Middle school band director, Salk Middle School; percussionist; Jessica Rau: Manager of individual giving, Minnesota Orchestra
Conflict of Interest Disclosed