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Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
In Progress
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2016
End Date
April 2017
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)

Twelve youth will successfully complete 24 sessions of mentorships as evidenced by completed web portfolios that showcases digital artwork completed through the activity. Additionally, 83% of those participating will show a significant increase (18% + improvement based on pre and post assessment) in technical skill, aesthetics and contextual presentation. Evaluation will include attendance tallies; pre and post skill assessment; portfolio assessment; informal observation; and exit interviews with participants and mentors.

Measurable Outcome(s)

A total of 20 youth participated in the Digital Journeys Program. The program began in September 2016 and came to completion on April 28th, 2017. Participants were selected from In Progress’s base of existing networks of youth involved in school and community based activities. Criteria for selection were based on 3 key elements: 1. A curiosity to learn from others; 2. Commitment to participation; 3. A history of producing in video, music, photography or writing. The original intention was to begin the program with a complete group of participants already identified. Because the program required a high level of commitment, one group of 14 were identified in September, with an additional 6 identified in October. This also ensured that the intended demographic outlined in the proposal could participate. Of the original group of 20 the following demographics were served: Ethnicity: 5% Native American, 5% Middle Eastern, 45% African American, 30% Hmong, 15% Mixed Heritage. Gender: 75% female, 25% male. Income: 90% living in poverty (22% of participants identified as homeless during project), 10% low income. Age: 100% under the age of 20. Once participants were identified – mentors began individualized communication channels with participants. For those that required transportation (40%), bus tokens and rides were provided. Participants were fed snacks and meals as needed. Because individualized learning plans were designed cooperatively with each participant, those with learning disabilities received stylized learning. There was no cost to participation and all out-of-pocket expenses were covered. A similar process will be used next year with this program, as it was proven to be highly successful. By adding past participants as peer mentors and collaborators, we will likely strengthen our ability to maintain engagement over the 8-month mentorship period. 87% of the students completed the project as evidenced through completed web portfolios. 100% demonstrated increased technical and artistic competency as determined by product assessment and pre-post testing. All participants presented publicly to audiences of over 200 and 75% indicated comfort in public presentation during exit interviews.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Sai Thao, Bee Vue, Martin Case, Melissa Whiteman, Victoria Abrigo Ramirez, DeAnna Drift, Jacylynn Jones, Bryan Vue
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Funding for Digital Journeys, a program focusing on electronic music, digital photography and/or video for newly developing artists of color, age 12-22. The mentorship will take place at In Progress in St Paul from October, 2016 through April 2017.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
In Progress
Street Address
213 Front Ave
St Paul
Zip Code
(612) 805-0514
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Julie Andersen: Eagan Art House Executive Director; Jill Anfang: Roseville Parks and Recreation Program Director; Bethany Brunsell: Music teacher and performer; Shelly Chamberlain: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Operations Director; Marisol Chiclana-Ayla: Artist, Board Chair El Arco Iris; Anthony Galloway: Actor, storyteller, West Metro Education Program; Jamil Jude: Theatre artist; Tricia Khutoretsky: Public Functionary Curator and Co-Director; Peter Leggett: Walker West Music Academy Executive Director; Dayna Martinez: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; Coleen McLaughlin: Arts Midwest Director of External Relations; Tom Moffatt: Silverwood Park Supervisor; Kathy Mouacheupao: Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation Cultural Corridor Coordinator; Adam Napoli-Rangel: Artist; Heather Rutledge: ArtReach Saint Croix Executive Director; Andrea Sjogren: Hopkins Public Schools Youth Programs Coordinator; Dameun Strange: Composer and performer; Melissa Wright: Twin Cities Public Television.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Thomas Surprenant: Administration, artistic, youth programming; Yumi Inomata: Administration, volunteerism, education; Brandon Bagaason: Artistic, education, youth programming; Kate Sheldon: Artistic, education; Jerri Neddermeyer: Artistic, education, administration; Mary LaGarde: Administration; Julia Floberg: Artistic, education.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Amy Crawford (651) 523-6390