Minnesota Children’s Museum Arts and Access Programs II

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Children's Museum
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Arts and Cultural Heritage funding will allow us to pursue three major initiatives between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017: (1) Offer special exhibits and programs promoting creative & 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. (3) Changing exhibits and access at Minnesota Children’s Museum-Rochester to ensure inclusive family experiences for the Rochester community.

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.Note: Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) informed all granting agencies that the February 2016 Legacy budget forecast identified deficits in the current biennium in the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund. 3% of all grantees' allocations are being held back until additional forecasting has been completed. This includes a reduction in the administrative fees taken by the Minnesota Humanities Center.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Exhibits at Minnesota Children’s Museum — St PaulChildren and families will engage in exhibits and programs that build critical and creative thinking skills. These experiences will reach more than 140,000 people. More than 30,000 will be served through the Museum’s ongoing free or reduced-price admission programs, which are funded by additional community partners.Pop-Up Museum at Mall of AmericaBring playful learning experiences to a new audience, reaching an estimated 80,000 people.Minnesota Children's Museum will continue to test the viability of a second Metro area site as a way to increase reach and build audiences.Minnesota Children’s Museum-RochesterMCM-R will engage adults and children in Southern Minnesota in exhibits and programs that build creative and critical thinking skills.These experiences will reach 30,000 people, 4,000 through the Play for All access program.

Measurable Outcome(s)

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™.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-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 Former President, MindWare; Ronda Wescott, President, Global Technology, Travelers
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Children's Museum
Street Address
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul
Zip Code
(651) 225-6008
Administered By
Administered by

987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

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