Community Arts Schools and Conservatories

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Headwaters School of Music and the Arts
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)

1. More Minnesotans are engaged in arts learning opportunities. 2. The quantity and types of arts learning opportunities available in the state increases. 1) At the end of each normal teaching year (September – May) we send out evaluation forms to our students and/or their parents. We ask questions such as: Scheduling ease, timely response from staff, did they learn what they expected or more than expected, friendliness of instructor, knowledge shared by the instructor and would they recommend the Headwaters School to their friends/family. We do receive about 70% of these evaluations back and the results are compiled and shared with the instructor and board. 2) After a grant activity has been completed, we have evaluation forms filled out by participants. This becomes a valuable tool for future planning with the artist(s) as instructors and for Headwaters School as a tool for determining if this is the type of programming we should be offering more often. 3) The third assessment process we use is with our funders and instructors. We ask them to tell about their experience with us in the planning process, the execution process and if they are happy with the outcome of the workshop/class. All three of these assessments help us to make changes in a timely fashion if needed. Everyone involved has the option to get feedback in a timely manner thus feeling more control over what happens and how it happens. Using these assessments helps us with planning for new programming, and what kind of marketing is needed to bring more participants to the Headwaters School. By using the results of evaluations we can provide arts learning opportunities that speak to what our constituents desire, therefore, more Minnesotans will be engaged in arts learning opportunities. Additionally, it is our opinion that using these evaluation methods helps to identify those artists who most likely will be successful in teaching their art form to the audiences at Headwaters School. All artists are not teachers and it is important to make sure we know that. When we have an instructor who becomes frustrated with attendance of students or has trouble getting to work – we can be pretty assured there is a problem. We can quickly contact everyone involved and try to make changes that will enhance the situation. If an instructor needs help, we can make them aware of available resources to assist him/her.

Measurable Outcome(s)

1) During fiscal year 2012, we made two new programs available at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. One is an arts program that brings persons of retirement age together. The program is evaluated verbally. When we began this program, the group was meeting four times per month for rehearsal purposes, but only performed three times per month. Now they perform five times per month. The group has also grown from 18 participants to nearly 30. The second program that became available in 2012 was an opportunity for pre-school aged students to explore music and dance in collaboration with Bemidji Parks and Recreation. We work collectively with the city's parks and recreation department to evaluate this program's effectiveness. 2) With the additional programming opportunities afforded us by the Community Schools and Conservatories grant, we have been able to employ additional artists and bring more arts opportunities to our community.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Nicholas Jackson, Jane Mueller, Terry Jones, Don Zieman, Jess Evenson, Linda Wagner, Al Pederson, Diane Rose
Project Overview
Community Arts Schools and Conservatories
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Headwaters School of Music and the Arts
Street Address
519 Minnesota Ave NW
Zip Code
(218) 444-5606
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