Community Arts Education Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Great River Arts Association
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2016
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
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
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To engage our contingency and foster creativity and creative thinking while providing a platform for teaching artists to share their knowledge and talents. JotForm surveys for all participants tracks registrations and offers programming and teaching insights. Photographs of classes and the artwork that is created will be used on all social media. 2: To successfully execute the proposed arts education programming schedule. Evaluation will come at the end of the grant period: we will have an 80% success rate in the execution of programs offered, which will be reflected by our surveys, our income and participant attendance.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Great River Arts engaged and fostered creativity and creative thinking while providing a platform for teaching artists to share their knowledge and talents. Great River Arts communicates with constituents from registration to the completion of each session, when surveys are sent to participants and teaching artists. Classes are photographed to show the creative process and end product. 2: Great River Arts helped Minnesotans to develop skills in one or more artistic disciplines and expanded knowledge about one or more artistic disciplines. Great River Arts had a 100 % success rate which is 20% more than the goal stated in their original outcome. They were able to offer more classes, had more participants and more teaching artists than they did in 2015.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Scott Wonderlich, Mark Gerbi, Ron Bieganek, Neree Jackson, Sheryl Johnson, Michelle Kiley, and Charlie Peterka
Project Overview
Community Arts Education Support
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Great River Arts Association
Street Address
PO Box 157
Little Falls
Zip Code
(320) 632-0960
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; 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
Gabrielle Bliss: Arts coordinator at Folwell School, Performing Arts Magnet; Vicki Chepulis: Cofounder and former executive director, Trollwood Performing Arts School, Fargo-Moorhead; board member, New York Mills Regional Cultural Center; executive committee member, Rural Arts and Culture Summit; Candida Gonzalez: Arts coordinator, Roosevelt High School; Roxanne Heaton: Executive director, Minnetonka Center for the Arts; Andre-Louis Heywood: Choral conductor; doctoral candidate in choral conducting; Jennifer Nicklay: Education and outreach coordinator, Weavers Guild of Minnesota; Stephen Pelkey: Former artistic director of the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras; Dawne White: Executive director, COMPAS
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600