Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Carrie Vecchione
Recipient Type
Start Date
September 2015
End Date
May 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)

This music education series removes financial, transportation, and access barriers by bringing arts learning programs directly to life-long learners. Success is measured by: 1) attendance, which should stay constant or grow, 2) resident feedback, 3) a final formal evaluation, and 4) comments from activity directors. 2: Senior venues rarely offer formal educational courses. This seven-part series offers directed, sequential, formal music education to seniors. Success will be measured by conversation with and formal evaluations from the activity directors and participants regarding the length and quality of the seven-part series.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This arts learning opportunity was fully accessible: the seven-part series removed financial, transportation and access barriers to Minnesota seniors. To evaluate attendance a head count was taken at each presentation. The series was declared successful because of the numbers in the audiences. Two formal evaluations were also administered, one for the residents and one for Activity Directors. The very positive comments from both reflected accessibility and effectiveness in terms of learning. 2: Minnesota seniors received a seven-part series of music education programs which increased learning opportunities for them. The evaluation methods relied on informal conversations as well as a formal written evaluation. There were two distinct forms asked different questions-- the Activity Director form focused on their reporting of the residents' behavior, and the resident form which asked for rating and commenting on the programs. In some cases the residents were unable physically to write their comments so a number of volunteers and staff assisted and wrote the comments told by the residents.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Carrie Vecchione and Rolf Erdahl will present a series of music education programs, once a month for seven months, in ten senior residences in various Minnesota cities for a total of seventy presentations to Minnesota seniors.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Carrie Vecchione
(651) 319-1414
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