Operating Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,830
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Ashland Productions, Inc.
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
Benton
Blue Earth
Carlton
Carver
Chippewa
Chisago
Cottonwood
Crow Wing
Dakota
Dodge
Douglas
Freeborn
Goodhue
Hennepin
Isanti
Itasca
Kanabec
Kandiyohi
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Mower
Nicollet
Olmsted
Pine
Pipestone
Ramsey
Renville
Rice
Scott
Sherburne
Sibley
Stearns
Steele
St. Louis
Todd
Wabasha
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
$9,830
Other Funds Leveraged
$525,101
Direct expenses
$525,101
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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.

Measurable Outcome(s)

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.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Dana Tonrey, Deb Monk, John Yarusso, Denise Mogren, Mary Jo Lewis, Steve Dorgan, Laura Fenstermaker, Ryan McEnaney, Sean Muniz, Robert Roche, Dale Schoonover
Project Overview

Operating Support

Project Details

Ashland Productions fosters the development of performance, leadership, and life skills through youth mentorship and quality intergenerational performing arts.

Project Manager
First Name
Elisa
Last Name
Olson
Organization Name
Ashland Productions, Inc.
Street Address
2100 White Bear Ave
City
Maplewood
State
MN
Zip Code
55109
Phone
(651) 274-8020
Email
elisa@ashlandproductions.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