Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Autism Society of Minnesota
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2017
End Date
August 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

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Quantitative: 24 youth with autism under age 18 will participate in this project, and more than 100 Minneapolis Institute of Arts staff (e.g. arts educators, docents, and security staff) will receive training on how to be inclusive and supportive of museum visitors with autism or related disabilities, and their families. Qualitative: 100% of attendees will learn about appropriate behavior in, and engagement with, an art museum - most for the first time - as well as experiencing hands-on arts-making projects. At the same time Minneapolis Institute of Arts staff will gain a better understanding of autism, its challenges, and how to help someone with the disorder, who may be experiencing distress inside the museum. In addition to a participant count, each participant and his/her parent/caregiver will complete a project evaluation, which will indicate their satisfaction. We will also conduct post-project evaluation with arts-education staff and other support staff working on this project through our arts partner, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview

Arts Learning

Project Details

Art on the Spectrum.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Autism Society of Minnesota
Street Address
2380 Wycliff St Ste 102
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 647-1083
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Julie Andersen: Eagan Art House Executive Director; Bethany Brunsell: Music teacher, performer; Shelly Chamberlain: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Operations Director; Marisol Chiclana-Ayla: Artist, Board Chair at El Arco Iris; 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; Osman Mohamed Ali: Somali Museum of Minnesota Founder and Executive Director; Kathy Mouacheupao: Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support, Corporation Cultural Corridor Coordinator; Adam Napoli-Rangel: Artist; Heather Rutledge: ArtReach Saint Croix Executive Director; Djenane Saint Juste: Afoutayi Dance Company Founder; Andrea Sjogren: Hopkins Public Schools Youth Programs Coordinator; Dameun Strange: Composer, Performer; Melissa Wright: Twin Cities Public Television.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Erica Lee: Education; Maya Weisinger: Community development, community education, marketing; Linda Scott: Artistic, education; Crystal Brinkman: Youth programming, artistic; Christian Novak: Fundraising, marketing; Nadine Sehnert: Youth programming, artistic; Mike Newman: Education, organizational development; Heather Beal: Fundraising, audience development, organizational planning.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed