Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
CHOICE, Unlimited
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2015
End Date
August 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
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)

The ARTS Program will offer a wide variety of arts learning opportunities to the community, increasing the number of arts learners involved in classes. The project will be evaluated by increasing the number of opportunities to adults with disabilities, an underserved population where arts education is concerned. Classes will be offered in a variety of mediums.   2: This project will address the need for quality arts experiences and learning opportunities for individuals living with disabilities. The project will be evaluated by the increased number of individuals participating in inclusive arts learning settings, being taught at a pace designed for their individual learning styles. It is one of the only programs of its kind in Minnesota.

Measurable Outcome(s)

CHOICE, unlimited ARTS Program is an outlet for any person living with a disability wishing to participate in quality, professionally-taught arts instruction. CHOICE, unlimited ARTS Program offered a variety of classes to suit the needs of a multitude of interests and abilities. The classes were held at community sites to further community integration. This outcome was 100% successful because without such offerings, these opportunities would not have been otherwise available to these students. 2: CHOICE, unlimited ARTS Program addressed the need for quality arts experiences and learning opportunities for individuals living with disabilities. The evaluation tools used included one-on-one interviews with participants to evaluate the accessibility of the program, satisfaction surveys, goal planning, and team meetings. Success was also determined by the number of individuals who participated in this program and the number of community members that were introduced to the talents of the participants.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Wanda Grew-Jasken, Jackie Sathers, Adele Hartwick, Pete Barnett, Ralph Johnson, Adam Lang, Steven Thorne, Tom Torgerson, Heidi Laliberte
Project Overview

Arts Learning

Project Details

CHOICE, Unlimited's ARTS program is dedicated to providing and expanding creative opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Minnesota to study, participate, and share their artwork with the community.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
CHOICE, Unlimited
Street Address
1829 E Superior St
(218) 724-5869x 201
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

Alyssa Baguss: Arts programming coordinator, Three Rivers Park District/Silverwood Park; visual artist; Scott Bean: Retired elementary art teacher; practicing artist; David Beard: Associate professor of rhetoric, writing studies department, University of Minnesota, Duluth; Jeffrey Bleam: Chair, department of theatre and film studies, Saint Cloud State University; Joan Eisenreich: Retired director, Mankato Public Schools Community Education and Recreation program; Robert Ouren, Dr.: Retired music educator

Conflict of Interest Disclosed