Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Citizens for Backus / Alexander Baker, Inc. AKA Backus Community Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
September 2017
End Date
August 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Youth participants will learn essential skills of creating shadow or black-light puppets and performing in scenes alongside professional artists. In the final workshop session artists will lead participants to compile a step-by-step guide to creating their puppet, and facilitate a large group discussion about discoveries and lessons learned. 2: Youth and adult participants will deepen understandings of how puppetry and music can express metaphors they can apply to daily life. Artists will ask participants throughout sessions to express their experiences with stress through the design of their puppet characters, and respond to the story, music and characters of MMP.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview

Arts Learning

Project Details

Backus Community Center will partner with award winning artists of Z Puppets Rosenschnoz for a five day Monkey Mind Pirates arts and mindfulness camp culminating in a public performance featuring Backus youth.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Citizens for Backus / Alexander Baker, Inc. AKA Backus Community Center
Street Address
900 5th St Backus Comm Center
International Falls
Zip Code
(218) 285-7225x 21
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Member of the Smithsonian National Board. Former chair of the board, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Officer-at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Mayor of Red Wing, elected 2016. Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies.; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Annelise Eckelaert: Freelance artist, children's theater; Laura Helle: Executive director, Austin Area Commission for the Arts; Amanda Kaler: Development director, Minnesota Center for Book Arts; Jonell Pacyga: Adjunct professor of ESL, and ESL and world languages education coordinator, Univeristy of Northwestern; Kelly Pratt: Business and life coach for people in creative industries; Gregory Siems: Director, Vision 2020 in Austin; Ping Wang: Professor of English and creative writing; founder and director of Kinship of Rivers

Conflict of Interest Disclosed