Minnesota Children’s Museum Arts and Access Programs

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Children's Museum
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2015
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Arts and Cultural Heritage funding will allow us to pursue three major initiatives between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016: 1) Offer special exhibits and programs promoting creative and critical thinking in our main museum in St. Paul; 2) A Pop-up satellite Museum at the Mall of America featuring four changing exhibits to attract thousands of new visitors; and 3) Changing exhibits and access at Minnesota Children’s Museum-Rochester to ensure inclusive family experiences for the Rochester community. Recipient:

Legal Citation / Subdivision
2015 Minn. Laws, Chap. 2 Art. 4 Sec. 2 Subd. 8
Appropriation Language

$950,000 each year is for arts and cultural heritage grants to children's museums.Of this amount, $500,000 each year is for the Minnesota Children's Museum, including the Minnesota Children's Museum in Rochester; $150,000 each year is for the Duluth Children's Museum; $150,000 each year is for the Grand Rapids Children's Museum; and $150,000 each year is for the Southern Minnesota Children's Museum.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Exhibits at Minnesota Children’s Museum — St Paul1. Children and families will engage in exhibits and programs that build critical and creative thinking skills.2. These experiences will reach more than 129,000 people.Pop-Up Museum at Mall of America3. Bring playful learning experiences to a new audience, reaching an estimated 90,000 people.4. Minnesota Children's Museum will test the viability of a second Metro area site as a way to increase reach and build audiences.Minnesota Children’s Museum-Rochester5. MCM-R will engage adults and children in Southern Minnesota in exhibits and programs that build creative and critical thinking skills.6. These experiences will reach 30,000 people, 1,500 through the Play for All access program.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The following are important incomes of the funding from the State of Minnesota:Exhibits at Minnesota Children’s Museum — St PaulWith funding from the State of Minnesota, the Museum was able to present the visiting exhibit, tiff presents digiPlaySpace™. This exhibit, developed outside of Minnesota, was chosen for the unique, high quality STEM learning experiences and their relational focus on creative and critical thinking. Additionally, as the downtown St. Paul location has been going through a significant expansion and renovation, we needed to select an exhibit with an adaptable layout so that we could program it into our evolving space. digiPlaySpace not only fulfilled our need for that type of flexibility, but it possessed a level of STEM-related content that would not have been available to us without State funding.Pop-Up Museum at Mall of AmericaIn the interest of providing ongoing play experiences during construction, the Museum chose to open a satellite location at the Mall of America due to its central location within the metro area and the potential to reach new audiences that visit the mall and may not venture to the Saint Paul location. With an official launch date of September 26, 2015, the Museum successfully opened this new satellite location and welcomed 70,809 visitors. In the first year of operating the MOA location, audiences enjoyed four family-favorite exhibits including Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™, Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog ™ and Ball-orama™.Minnesota Children's Museum of RochesterIn addition to hosting 10 visiting exhibits and welcoming over 31,000 visitors under the new leadership of Heidi Mestad, our Rochester satellite activated strategies to successfully gain new funding partners to support ongoing programs, including the Bremer Bank Free First Sunday program.

Recipient Board Members
Kelly Baker, Chair, Vice President, Human Resources, General Mills; Paul Kasbohm, Secretary, Senior Vice President/Chief Revenue Officer, Star Tribune; Philip McKoy, Past Chair, Senior Vice President, CIO – US Region at Aimia Inc.; Steve Stensrud, Treasurer, Partner, Regional Risk and Compliance Leader, Baker Tilly; Siyad Abdullahi, President & CEO, The Language Banc, Inc., Pro-Health Care, Inc.; Kevin Balon, Senior Vice President, Merchandising, Best Buy; Robert Befidi, Strategy & Business Development, 3M Health Care Business Group; Chris Bellini, Member, Cozen O’Connor; Holly Boehne, Chief Technology Officer, Andersen Corporation; Melissa Brinkman, Chief Executive Officer, Custom Alarm; Steve Christenson, Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs & Associate General Counsel, Ecolab; Terry Clark, Chief Marketing Officer, UnitedHealth Group; Chad Dayton, Program Director, Wilderness Inquiry; Lisa Duff, Photographer; Paul Dzubnar, President and CEO, Green Mill Restaurants Inc.; Ann Ferreira, Principal, Good Harbor Capital; Michael Fiddelke, Vice President of Pay & Benefits, Target; HT Fish, Vice President Strategy & Business Development, Cargill; Kristi Fox, Second Vice President, Group Client Relationships, Securian; Janel Goff, Managing Director, Goff Investment Group; Jim Grant, Assistant General Counsel, Piper Jaffray; Hema Gunasekaran, Vice President, Nuveen Investments; Patrick Harris, Sr. Vice President, Institutional Government, BMO Harris Bank; Taylor Harwood, Sr. Portfolio Manager, Minnesota Bank & Trust; Robert Hoke, Vice President, Relationship Management Manager, Wells Fargo; Phil Krump, Director, BMO Harris Bank; John Marshall, Manager of Community, Government Relations & Economic Development, Xcel Energy; Kate McRoberts, Partner, Evantage Consulting; Jennifer Moll, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; Rochelle Myers, Chief Strategy Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota; Sandra Peterson, Retired teacher and State of Minnesota Legislator; Susan Oberman Smith, Vice President of Corporate Actuarial, Thrivent Financial; Jeanne Voigt, Founder and
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Children's Museum
Street Address
10 West Seventh Street
St. Paul
Zip Code
(651) 225-6008
Administered By
Administered by

987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

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