ACHF Arts Access
Ashland will continue to provide quality performing arts through fostering development of performance, leadership, and life skills for youth. Evaluation will be done through parent and participant surveys, as well as, quantitative analysis of new/returning participants to our programs. 2: Ashland will deploy new and existing styles of programming to provide varied opportunities to grow a larger community footprint. Evaluation will be completed through quantitative analysis of new audience members, ticket sales and new/returning participants.
Ashland provided twenty-six quality performing arts experiences, which fostered the development of performance, leadership, and life skills for youth. Evaluation methods included anonymous participant surveys, as well as direct feedback from parents and participants. 86% of participants who completed surveys said they learned new theater skills, and 95% said they would participate again. 2: Ashland grew a larger community footprint by adding a featured show that provided varied opportunities and helped to expand diversity. With a cast of 50% people of color, our summer featured show, Hairspray, expanded diversity. Ashland also added three new ACT program schools, and one of those schools added a second cast to accommodate the high number of participants.
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Ashland Productions fosters the development of performance, leadership, and life skills through youth mentorship and quality intergenerational performing arts.
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.
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