Community Arts Schools and Conservatories

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
The Center for Irish Music
Recipient Type
K-12 Education
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
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)

Develop an early childhood music curriculum for our youngest learners including a book and CD. Develop a music curriculum for area schools and other community partners. Provide continuing professional education for our artist/instructors. The Center for Irish Music is proud its community music school has become an unprecedented new revenue stream for the area’s most accomplished Irish musicians and artists. The growth of the Center for Irish Music over the past six years has provided artistic and financial opportunities for professional, traditional musicians in the community. We have gone from two paid instructors in 2004 to 18 currently. Paying our fine musicians not only the respect they deserve, but the living wage they require to practice and perfect their art is one of the values at the very heart of the Center for Irish Music, and is an outcome we share with the Community Arts Schools and Conservatories program. Ongoing programming is evaluated during instructor meetings held three times per year with feedback presented at monthly board meetings. Programming is also evaluated by examining statistics such as repeat enrollment, attendance at family sessions and larger events, and the number of new students enrolled. General interest in the center is measured by the number of sustaining members, the number of requests to our e-mail distribution and mailing lists, the number and type of media promoting the center, the number of Facebook/My Space friends, and the number of hits on our web site. Finally, the success of programming is measured by its impact on our financial balance sheet. Evaluations with instructors have shown an ongoing interest in participatory decision-making. Instructors play a critical role running CIM and have taken the lead on suggesting changes to the instructor compensation system and class fees. Evaluations from students have indicated a continued strong interest in Irish song classes and CIM has expanded this area of programming both in regular classes and with master workshops. Progress towards meeting our outcomes will be measured by the number of students enrolled in classes, the number of outreach events conducted in the coming years, and in community attendance at our events.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Curriculum for an early childhood class for 2-4 year olds was developed and a new class was offered. This included hiring an additional teacher. Additional funding is needed to finish the component of a professionally recorded and produced CD and book. Additional funding is being sought. Success was measured by the development of a new class and by the enrollment of young students. A music curriculum for area schools and community partners has been developed and has allowed expanded outreach into the community. One new performance was at a community festival in Rochester; another at a Saint Paul Library; and a beginning ensemble performed at a festival in Brainerd. Success is being measured by the number of students engaging in the performance opportunities; the number of new events utilizing performances; and audience reached. Artist/instructors received continuing education training from a master Irish artist at the Minnesota Irish Music weekend.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Michael Lynch, Jeanne Morales, Michael O'Connor, Patrick Cole, Natalie O'Shea, Ruth McGlynn, Christopher Eliason
Project Overview
Community Arts Schools and Conservatories
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
The Center for Irish Music
Street Address
836 N Prior Ave
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 815-0083
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