Operating Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$38,916
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Great River Educational Arts Theatre AKA GREAT Theatre
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2017
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Aitkin
Anoka
Becker
Beltrami
Benton
Blue Earth
Brown
Carver
Cass
Chippewa
Chisago
Clay
Crow Wing
Dakota
Douglas
Goodhue
Grant
Hennepin
Hubbard
Isanti
Itasca
Kanabec
Kandiyohi
Koochiching
Lac qui Parle
Lake of the Woods
Lyon
Marshall
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Nicollet
Norman
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pennington
Pine
Polk
Pope
Ramsey
Redwood
Renville
Rice
Rock
Scott
Sherburne
Sibley
Stearns
Steele
Stevens
St. Louis
Swift
Todd
Wabasha
Wadena
Washington
Watonwan
Wright
Yellow Medicine
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
$38,916
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,342,971
Direct expenses
$1,342,971
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

69,000+ audience members and 1,264 actors will participate in transformative theatre experiences, including new immigrants/refugees in rural Minnesota. We will utilize focus groups, anecdotes and quantitative indicators of progress: number of participants, communities of origin, geographic reach, new partnerships and diversity of constituency. 2: Increased financial stability to ensure long-term sustainability of producing high quality arts experiences for Central Minnesotans of all ages. We will measure and report growth in stability on a regular basis through our organization dashboard tracking: days cash on hand, budget versus actual, season memberships, ticket sales, and donor retention.

Measurable Outcome(s)

61,713 audience members and 2,141 actors including camps. Audience and actor numbers both grew with all of the additional programming we were able to offer in our new Learning Lab Theatre. We did not reach our total audience goal. 2: GREAT successfully achieved increased financial stability. Our cash on hand significantly increased to an average of 28 days fiscal year to date. This is in large part due to exceeding our budgeted ticket sales, season memberships 20% growth and retaining donors.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Marianne Arnzen, Bonnie Bologna, Barbara Carlson, Joanne Dorsher, Kimberly Foster, Lori Glanz, Chris Kudrna, Cassie Miles, Chad O'Brien, Steve Palmer, Mónica Segura-Schwartz, Emily Swanson, Pat Thompson
Project Overview

Operating Support

Project Details

Great River Educational Arts Theatre (GREAT) brings the community together through shared theater experiences.

Project Manager
First Name
Dennis
Last Name
Whipple
Organization Name
Great River Educational Arts Theatre AKA GREAT Theatre
Street Address
710 Sundial Dr
City
Waite Park
State
MN
Zip Code
56387
Phone
(320) 258-2787
Email
dennis@greattheatre.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

Patricia Andrews: Executive director, Headwaters School of Music and the Arts; Lisa Bergh: Public artist; executive director for the Hutchinson Center for the Arts; Jonathan Carter: Director of IT business relationship management, Harmon, Inc.; former board chair, Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir; Erin Cooper: Operational director, Irish Fair of Minnesota; Don Eitel: Former managing director, Mu Performing Arts; Ann Fee: Executive director, Arts Center of Saint Peter; teaching artist, writer, editor, and instructor; Julie Johnson: Grant writing consultant; former public relations director at Great River Shakespeare Festival; Paula Justich: Program director of arts and cultural management, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota; Sarah Lawrence: Co-general artistic director, Lyric Opera of the North; Jonathan Lewis, Executive director, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; percussionist; Gretchen Pick, Artistic director, Young Dance. Adjunct faculty, University of Minnesota Department of Dance.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No