Minnesota's Legacy

Operating Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$37,758
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
The Playwrights' Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2017
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Anoka
Blue Earth
Chisago
Clay
Crow Wing
Dakota
Douglas
Fillmore
Goodhue
Hennepin
Itasca
Nicollet
Olmsted
Pope
Ramsey
Rice
Scott
Sherburne
St. Louis
Washington
Winona
Wright
Anoka
Blue Earth
Chisago
Clay
Crow Wing
Dakota
Douglas
Fillmore
Goodhue
Hennepin
Itasca
Nicollet
Olmsted
Pope
Ramsey
Rice
Scott
Sherburne
St. Louis
Washington
Winona
Wright
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$37,758
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,229,408
Direct expenses
$1,229,408
Administration costs
$4,450
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Promote high quality new plays by and for diverse Minnesotans to impact community vibrancy and to lead the field. Track interest among theaters in plays by writers of color and female writers; collect audience and critic feedback on new play readings/productions; assess equitable pay for playwrights of color. 2: Support the learning and artistic development goals of Minnesota playwrights and engage the public in new play readings and discussions. Track number of participants for public readings of new plays, Community Conversations, and classes/seminars; gather qualitative feedback from participants about the events and their impact.

Measurable Outcome(s)

With eight Minnesota theaters and 60+ broadly diverse playwrights, supported topical premiere productions and readings fostering public conversation and dialogue. Tracked Minnesota theater partnerships and related productions; tracked writers engaged in all public activities; gathered commentary and evaluative input from critics, audiences, partners, participants, and artists. 2: 150+ gained playwriting skills/craft; 60+ new plays moved towards production via workshops; 1700+ public audiences responded to play ideas/topics. Tracked number, content and participation in classes, seminars, new play development workshops and public readings; gathered qualitative feedback from participants and assessed impact with project partners.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Carla Paulson, Barbara Davis, Chelle Gonzo, Sara Johnson, Jeffrey Bores, Maura Brew, Carlyle Brown, Geoffrey Curley, Mary Beidler Gearen, Charlyne Hovi, Becky Krull Kraling, Annie Lebedoff, Anne McCague, Kira Obolensky, Mark Perlberg, Harrison David Rivers, Paul Stembler, Harry Waters Jr., Jeremy B. Cohen, Robert Chelimsky
Project Overview

Operating Support

Project Details

The Playwrights' Center champions playwrights and new plays to build upon a living theater that demands new and innovative works.

Project Manager
First Name
Robert
Last Name
Chelimsky
Organization Name
The Playwrights' Center
Street Address
2301 Franklin Ave E
City
Minneapolis
State
MN
Zip Code
55406-1024
Phone
(612) 332-7481
Email
robertc@pwcenter.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Member of the Smithsonian National Board. Former chair of the board, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Officer-at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Mayor of Red Wing, elected 2016. Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies.; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Michael Arturi: Universal Music Center founder and executive director; Dorothy Belstler: Executive director, Twin Cities Pride; Amy Braford Whittey: Business developer for the arts for HGA; Cheryl Kessler: Founder and principal evaluator, Blue Scarf Consulting, LLC; Colleen LeBlanc: Retired community educator; former Five Wings Regional Arts Council board member; William Miller: History professor at the College of Saint Scholastica, former MSAB board member; Jessica O'Brien: Community engagement manager, Region Nine Development Commission; Elizabeth Jane Olive: Retired nurse and transplant coordinator; community volunteer; costumer; Christi Schmitt: Program coordinator, Saint Paul Public Schools office of multilingual learning; Alexis Walstad, Co-executive director, Karen Organization of Minnesota

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No