Cultural Alignment Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2013
End Date
February 2014
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Law 2011 (Special Session), Chp. 6, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 8
Appropriation Language

Children's Museums Grants. $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are for a competitive Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program-Children's Museums. The board of directors shall solicit proposals and award grants to children's museums for projects and programs that maintain or promote our cultural heritage.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

1. The addition of cultural contributors to the Museum’s on-going advisory teams, and proactive communication and engagement between the Museum and local Dakota communities.2. The participation of Interim Site visitors in the development of cultural content through prototype testing and survey feedback.3. The creation of fabrication plans that include integrated cultural content.

Measurable Outcome(s)

- Addition of two advisors with Dakota culture expertise: Grace Goldtooth-Campos and Amanda Taylor
- 40 visitors provided cultural content survey feedback. As part of exploring a direction for Dakota cultural offerings, CMSM developed a visitor survey tool to better understand its visitors’ knowledge and perceptions of Dakota culture. Surveys were verbally administered by CMSM staff and volunteers to adults visiting the Interim Site during regular museum public hours as well as during a targeted museum Access event.
- 32 families participated in a museum Access event that included a Dakota language activity and a “Tanka Bar” taste-testing experience.
- Cultural content gallery concepts related to Dakota people, language and culture were developed. These include: Home Place, Guardian Garments, Dakota: Living Language, Ways of Sharing, We Are All Connected: Wellness

Recipient Board Members
Linda Frost - Board Chair, Katie Smentek - Vice Chair, Brenda Flannery - Strategic Planning
Nick Hinz - Finance Chair, Kaaren Grabianowski - Events Chair, Laura Stevens; Marketing Chair, Brain Benshoof; Mary Jo Hensel; Lyle Jacobson; Eric Lennartson; Naomi Mortensen; Jean Peterson; Tom Riley; Christine Powers; Beth Serrill; Sara Steinbach; Karen Wahlstrom; Pam Willard
Project Overview

The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota planned for the cultural alignment of the permanent Children's Museum's art curation, signage, and interactive experiences. The primary focus of this cultural content related to southern Minnesota including Dakota art, culture, and heritage and complemented the Exhibit Development and Fabrication Legacy grant goals.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
Street Address
PO Box 3103
Zip Code