Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Franconia Sculpture Park
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2015
End Date
August 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Mille Lacs
Mille Lacs
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)

Rural youth will develop a deeper understanding of three-dimensional design elements and principles via guided exhibition tours and art-making activities taught by professional teaching artists Teaching artists will lead a group critique discussion of artwork created by participants. We will gather feedback from participating teachers/guardians on developmental changes observed in participants.  2: Reduce barriers faced by rural youth organizations to access arts learning opportunities by offering fee-free workshops and transportation scholarships. We will survey teachers/guardians of participating groups to gather feedback on the impact of fee-free activities and transportation scholarships had on their ability to access arts learning programs.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Franconia Sculpture Park's Rural Arts Program provided students arts based education focused on three-dimensional sculpture principals and design. After tours and educational workshops were completed, teachers were sent a survey via Survey Monkey created by Franconia Sculpture Park staff and educators. Survey results were anonymous and allowed educators to give positive and negative feedback on their experience. This feedback showed teachers experience at Franconia participating in the Rural Arts Program provided students with arts based education by explaining principals of design, illustrating technique, and meeting Minnesota State Standards. 2: Franconia Sculpture Park's Rural Arts Program reduces the barriers youth face in east central Minnesota to access art based learning opportunities. After tours and educational workshops were finished, teachers were sent a survey. Results were anonymous and allowed educators the chance to give feedback on their experience. Feedback showed teachers barrier in participating in art based off-site learning is financially based. Transportation, admission, limited school budgets, and low-income students were concerns teachers expressed. In FY 2017 we will make survey completion mandatory for participation, resulting in more feedback from educators.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Amy McKinney, Dorothy Goldie, Erik Janssen, Tamsie Ringler, John Joachim, Davis Klaila, Ronald Kopeska, John Kremer, Diane Mullin, Stacy O'Reilly,
Project Overview

Arts Learning

Project Details

Franconia Sculpture Park will provide arts learning programming for rural Minnesota youth through its Rural Arts workshops that include customized guided tours and artmaking activities developed and led by professional teaching artists.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Franconia Sculpture Park
Street Address
29836 St Croix Trl
Zip Code
(651) 257-6668
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