Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2015
End Date
August 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

90% of participants report at least two benefits from creating art (e.g., creative expression; increased skills, knowledge, confidence or appreciation). Participants will take a pre- and post-survey before and after the program to measure changes in knowledge, appreciation, skills, confidence, and creative expression in the arts. 2: 90% of participants confidently share and/or explain their work, and interpret and evaluate their and others’ artwork in a meaningful way. Program staff and teaching artists will take notes throughout the project period to document changes/progress in individual participants’ confidence and ability to perform and respond.

Measurable Outcome(s)

221 older adults and twenty preschoolers participated in 349 arts learning sessions (60-90 minutes each) in dance, visual arts, literary arts and music. We use a pre/post-activity survey asking participants to identify personal goals for participation. Options include to increase knowledge, skill or appreciation of art forms; to develop/increase creative expression and confidence; and/or to socialize or keep more physically or mentally active. Program staff assisting in sessions also keep session logs in which they (or artist) record note/observations about successes, challenges/changes needed, and notable interactions or outcomes. 2: Approximately 65% of participants were able to interpret their or others' work, fewer than we anticipated or could assess. Session log notes were the primary means of documenting outcomes around interpretative capacity. As noted, subsequent and extensive discussions with staff and teaching artists' many of whom have been Wilder and its participants a long time, suggests meaningful critique and interpretation is occurring. We are rethinking ways to better capture this (i.e., convening focus groups among participants able to verbalize experiences or having volunteers/staff implement an observational tool).

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Alex Cirrllo Jr., Judy Kishel, Gary Christensen, Robyn Hansen, Fred Harris, Rahul Koranne, Eric Nicholson, Joan Thompson, Alyssa Kaying Vang, Ann Wynia
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation will collaborate with multiple teaching artists to explore the theme of self-portraiture for older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers on aging and caregiving journeys.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Street Address
451 Lexington Pkwy N
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 280-2000
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.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; 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; 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; Richard Carlson: Theater and philosophy teacher, School for Environmental Studies, Apple Valley; Alberto Justiniano: Artistic director, Teatro del Pueblo; theater artist and filmmaker; Cydney Perkins: Arts volunteer in Rochester schools; Gretchen Pick: Artistic director, Young Dance. Adjunct faculty, University of Minnesota Department of Dance.; Daniel Stark: Associate Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Joanne Toft: Private educational arts consultant
Conflict of Interest Disclosed