Minnesota's Legacy

Community Arts Schools and Conservatories

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

As its mission, Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program will continue to bring music training to the children and adults in Itasca County. A favorite tagline is “lessons in violin, viola, cello and string bass for ages 7-100.” To promote awareness of the arts, Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program initiated a collaboration of nonprofit arts organizations three years ago. Grand Rapids Arts is the result. Its online arts calendar was recently launched. Grand Rapids Arts and Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program will premier Grand Rapids’ version of First Friday on October 7, the Friday before the Common Chords residency. The evening will include the traditional gallery openings with music and entertainment provided by arts organizations. First Fridays will then be a fixture in the community. The goal is to bring an economic boost to the downtown and market Grand Rapids as an arts destination. Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program will continue to work with District 318 Indian Services to recruit its students. The Common Chords residency will include a fry bread/taco feast cultural exchange with parents of Ojibwe students. Hopefully, the evening will make orchestra music more accessible. Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program will continue to collaborate with Itasca Networks for Youth (INFY). INFY is in the process of developing indicators to measure the success of after school programs. This will assist a larger collaboration of the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative and the Blandin Foundation. Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program students and instructors will be a continued presence at the Children’s Fair. The Fair is free, open to all, ADA compliant and attracts thousands of children each year. Children who pass by the booth are handed a violin and cello to keep the beat on one string while they are accompanied by a fiddle tune. Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program is committed to breaking down the barriers to participation in arts learning activities for Minnesotans. Performance measures will be in place to gauge increase of involvement. The following have been practices in the past and will continue: tracking number of students enrolling and dates of enrollments, and conducting year-end student surveys, exit and staff interviews. Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program will implement the following to improve assessment and evaluation: training in Strategic Financial Planning for the executive director and one board member, training in evaluation of youth programs through Itasca Networks for Youth, surveying parents online using Survey Monkey.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Data recorded on First Fridays: five Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program student performances; partnerships formed with seven businesses, one non-arts nonprofit, and four agencies; an average of 152 attendees, based on a count taken at venues at 6:00 p.m. 2. Data kept by School District 318 Indian Education increase of two Ojibwe students (100%). 3. Evaluation of Out of School Time programs: With Itasca Networks for Youth is presently seeking outside sources for training. 4. Data on participants Children's Fair: Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program staff and two students attendees, 1,060 adult attend. 5. Orchestra and Strings Program enrollment: 21 Cohasset, 17 Bovey, eight Deer River, 85 Grand Rapids, 2 Marble, one Warba, one Hackensack, 12 Bigfork, 7 Coleraine. Survey Monkey implemented for evaluations, enrollment dates recorded. 6. Data on Strategic Financial Planning Trainings: 3/29, 4/17, 5/21 with Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program accountant, 3/21/21, 10/2/12 with Nonprofits Assistance Fund, 11/15/12 with Minnesota Council Nonprofits.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Kristen Anderson, Vicky Harding , Christa Berg, Lois Bendix, Daisy Braaten, Lynda Griffith, Juliet Jones, Heather Krueger-Barth, Tara Makinen, Joe Muller, Jerry Ophoven, Wendy Uzelac, Emilie Zasada
Project Overview
Community Arts Schools and Conservatories
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program
Street Address
PO Box 140
Grand Rapids
Zip Code
(218) 327-5781
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, 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
Paul Anderson, Educator Patricia Beckmann AKA Pat Beckman, Executive Director, Waseca Arts Council. Dan Dressen, Associate Dean for Fine Arts, St Olaf College. Carolyn Hiller, Executive director, Choral Arts Ensemble. Nora Jenneman, Dance program coordinator, University of Minnesota. Dancer, Time Track Productions, Maggie Bergeron and Co., and Vanessa Voskuil David Marty, President, Reif Arts Council.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed