Minnesota Children's Museum Arts and Access Programs 2

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Children's Museum
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
August 2014
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Law 2013, Chp. 137, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 7
Appropriation Language

$1,100,000 the first year and $900,000 the second year are for arts and cultural heritage grants to children's museums. Of this amount, $600,000 the first year and $400,000 the second year are for the Minnesota Children's Museum, $200,000 each year is for the Duluth Children's Museum, $100,000 each year is for the Grand Rapids Children's Museum, and $200,000 each year is for the Southern Minnesota Children's Museum.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

1. Minnesota Children's Museum-Rochester (MCM-R) will engage adults and children in Southern Minnesota in exhibits and programs that build creative and critical thinking skills 2. MCM-R will expand participation by Minnesotans who currently are underserved due to financial or other barriers, by building a Play for All access program that includes free family memberships, targeted events with partner non-profit agencies and programs for school and community groups 3. Children and families will engage in creative art-making and building during the Creativity Jam exhibit at Minnesota Children's Museum’s downtown Saint Paul site. 4. Creativity Jam will provide access to creative play for more than 200,000 people. More than 40,000 will be served through the Museum’s ongoing free or reduced-price admission programs, which are funded by additional community partners. 5. Creativity Jam will provide an opportunity to expand Minnesota Children’s Museum’s offerings around art-making and other creative projects, leading to new iterations of these programs in the future. Visitors will be engaged in exhibit design process itself, as their participation in Creativity Jam will help lead to new and expanded creative programming at the museum. 6. The touring Storyland exhibit will catalyze children’s development of a disposition to read. 7. By experiencing the storyland exhibit, adults will increase awareness that literacy development begins in infancy and continues through adulthood. 8. Storyland will increase adults’ awareness of their key role in cultivating their children’s literacy through everyday activities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota Children’s Museum-Rochester1. Served more low-income Minnesotans through the following Play for All program:a. Distributed 582 All Play Family Memberships vouchers.b. Hosted 9 Family events welcoming 540 individuals.c. Welcomed 817 children and 252 chaperones through 34 field trips. Though fewer field trips occurred, MCMR was successful in serving over 1,000 visitors.2. Presented 6 exhibits to the public.3. Welcomed 28,325 total visitors.4. Received multiple positive audience responses as highlighted in the anecdote section of this report.Creativity Jam1. Welcomed 203,477 visitors, with 57,213 - coming through the Museum’s Play for All access program, to both Creativity Jam 2 (August 1 – September 7, 2014) and Creativity Jam 3 (January 17 – June 30, 2015).2. Ongoing observation and survey feedback throughout the run of Creativity Jam 2 and 3 provided insight to how to modify the exhibit as well as offered positive responses from adults visiting the exhibit.3. Received multiple positive audience responses.Storyland Tour1. Presented Storyland tour at three Greater Minnesota locations, including the Carver County Historical Society in Waconia, Northfield Public Library in Northfield, and the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato.2. Welcomed over 28,000 visitors during the grant period.

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 Overview

The Arts and Access Programs include three major initiatives: 1. Arts and access programming at Minnesota Children’s Museum-Rochester 2. Creativity Jam Exhibit; and 3. Storyland Tour of Greater Minnesota.

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