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Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 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
Start Date
June 2016
End Date
May 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 Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To increase the size of the Backus audience through outreach to youth and families. Quantitative: compare season attendance with baseline data. Qualitative: video and written observation of moderated after-concert and outreach interaction with artists to gauge potential audience growth.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Audience grew by 70% and youth audience by 99% during the 2016-17 season. Arts outreach programs in two counties reached over 6,000 citizens. Three evaluators took part in the project. Audience totals, reaction, participation and enthusiasm were noted. Staff recorded demographics, ticket sales, paid/ comp and attendance. Staff recorded and charted all responses to audience surveys. Business manager kept financial data for all events. Results were shared with planning staff. All assessments pointed to successful achievement of both project and Arts Board outcomes.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Kay Arnold, Julie Bartkowski, John Faith, Patti Ballan, Sherrie Lessard, David McKee, Beth Lowthian, Tim Wegner,Tracy Lunser, Gail Rognerud, Shelby Harmening, Beth Nelson
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
The Backus Community Center will present four touring shows (one-man, big band, ballet, and Celtic) as well as opportunities for professionals to meet students, the public, and citizen artists through workshops and outreach events in International Falls.
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. 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; 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; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Dan Guida: Executive director of Red Wing Arts Association; Gina Kundan: Director, Center for Health Interprofessional Programs, University of Minnesota; Board chair, Ananya Dance Theatre; Noelle Lawton: Executive director, Twin Rivers Council for the Arts; Kathleen Ray: Former executive director, Central Square Cultural and Civic Center; theater artist and playwright; Christine Tschida: Director of Northrop, University of Minnesota
Conflict of Interest Disclosed