Community Arts Schools and Conservatories

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$12,269
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Itasca
Cass
Aitkin
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$12,269
Other Funds Leveraged
$170,601
Direct expenses
$182,870
Administration costs
$12,269
Number of full time equivalents funded
3.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program will increase the amount of tuition tax credit loans in its pass-through account at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. The funds in this account loan tuition to low-income families. The family files an education tax credit, which increases their refund, and the loan is paid back to the Foundation. The funds are then in place for next year for qualifying low-income families. The number of students eligible for financial assistance will increase by 23% (5 students). As a means of evaluating our Minnesota Department of Revenue tuition-tax-credit loan program via a pass-through account at the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, we reviewed applications for the past 5 years. There have been situations where parents did not earn enough to pay off the loan as part of their tax refund. As a result, we now can determine the best candidates for the program. Also we needed to move parents for whom the tuition-tax-credit program was not working to 1/2 tuition scholarships budgeted by us. We raised the amount budgeted by 18%. 2: The Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program staff aided by a facilitator will continue to develop a curriculum that reaches a broad spectrum of students. The evaluation outcome is the completion of the curriculum.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Because there were fewer requests, the amount of money made available for half priced tuition scholarships was raised 18% as opposed to the proposed 23%. 2: The Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program now has a curriculum that states goals for each of its four student orchestras.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Kristen Anderson, Lois Bendix, Shannon Benolken, Christa Berg, Marilyn Braaten, Lynda Griffith, Brad Johnson, Juliet Jones, David Kooda, Heather Krueger-Barth, Tara Makinen, Jerry Ophoven, Wendy Uzelac
Project Overview
Community Arts Schools and Conservatories
Project Manager
First Name
Tara
Last Name
Makinen
Organization Name
Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program
Street Address
PO Box 140
City
Grand Rapids
State
MN
Zip Code
55744
Phone
(218) 327-5781
Email
tara@itascaorchestra.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr.: Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board.; 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. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka.; Benjamin Klipfel: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Pamela Perri: Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota.; Margaret Rapp: Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr.: Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board.; 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. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka.; Benjamin Klipfel: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Pamela Perri: Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota.; Margaret Rapp: Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No