Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
City of Maplewood
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
June 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)

Youth and adults from 30 families learn techniques for designing and building, and become comfortable using paper drawings and collage to create toy theater. 50% of families return for multiple workshops and 75% of workshop participants contribute to group discussions reflecting on their discoveries, challenges and triumphs during the creation process. 80% of participants express satisfaction with their experience and identify new artistic skills. Evaluation of Happy Place's successes, shortcomings and opportunities for growth will be lead by Z Puppets and project staff, who will collect and respond to ongoing observations and debriefing sessions. To assess our impact and our adherence to our goals, we will track demographic information (age, race, gender, etc.), and qualitative information including creative skills gained and participant feedback on the experience.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The staff had described the families we would be serving accurately: Families in transitional housing with a mix of races, cultures and abilities. We opened the workshop to younger children than our original ages 7+ plan to facilitate the participation of families with a wide range of siblings. The Tubman staff offered additional daycare for younger children who did not want to or were not able to participate. Z Puppets worked with Tubman staff to distribute and post flyers, connected with Free Arts (an arts organization who had been doing ongoing year-long residency) to ask their advice on how to best recruit participants. Both the staff and Free Arts said that the most effective method was to have the kids' themselves experience it and then spread the word. Both reported that they overheard our core group of youth speaking excitedly about Happy Places to others. The parents' concern for confidentiality was much lower than we anticipated and instead they readily granted permission to share the youth's work publicly even when it included images of their faces. Because confidentiality was not a barrier, the final reached a much wider audience than we had planned, via online and social media opportunities we had via the City of Maplewood. The participants responded positively to the multi-cultural artist team, as the families were all multiracial and multicultural. The balance of males and females on Z Puppets' artist team was also a positive in strengthening the connection of both young males and females to the project. 1. Participants explored new art forms (toy theaters, green screen photo and video, iPad editing) and completed multiple phases of the project from 2 and 3-D design to video and performance. Families in transitional housing shared joyful, imaginative expression together and with the wider Maplewood community.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Nora Slawik, Kathleen Juenemann, Marylee Abrams, Bryan Smith, Tou Xiong
Project Overview
Arts Learning
Project Details
Funding for Happy Place Workshops for families from Tubman Center to participate in five workshops with installation and visual artists in March and April of 2016. Children and their adults will create a shared vision of a Happy Place as a toy theater set
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
City of Maplewood
Street Address
1830 County Rd B E
Zip Code
(612) 790-4331
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
Stephanie Nevilles: Disabilities specialist, volunteerism, youth programming; Karen Gundlach: Artistic, education, youth programming, Community Education; Mara Miller: General management, artistic; Justin Christy: Education, general management; Jennifer Halcrow: Fundraising, general management, volunteerism; Dudley Voigt: Education, artistic, youth programming; Lynda Monick-Isenberg: Artistic, education; Hlee Lee: Artistic, general management; Ian Vaver: General management; Shana Crosson: Computer design, education, fundraising.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed