Operating Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Saint John's University AKA Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Start Date
July 2012
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Between fiscal year 2013 and 2016, Fine Arts Programming at Saint John’s University will steadily increase accessibility, participation, and attendance by off-campus, central Minnesota community members at our performances, exhibitions, and residency activities. Our goal is to grow the overall participation rate of the off-campus community by 30% by 2016. We will be able to measure this gain through ticket reports, residency evaluations, and attendance rates at public events. Fine Arts Programming tracks attendance at performances, residency activities, and exhibitions. We saw a sharp increase over projected attendance rates, due primarily to our partnership with GREAT Theater. In fiscal year 2013, Fine Arts Programming hired an outside consultant to conduct focus groups of off-campus community members. We then implemented marketing changes, such as increased branding ads and more aggressive messaging of our lower ticket prices, based upon the feedback, in order to attract more off-campus participation. Sales at several Saint John's University performances in fiscal year 2013 came in lower than projected and, to address this Saint John's University has made other changes, such as adjusting performance times and booking larger, more recognizable names.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Example of strategies implemented to meet the goal of 30% participation increase of off-campus community include: Fine Arts Programming developed a strategic partnership with Great River Educational Arts Theater that benefits both organizations. Great River Educational Arts Theater has a large, loyal regional audience and partnering with them has created a symbiotic relationship. We are good fiscal partners for Great River Educational Arts Theater, providing venue and marketing support without charging a rental fee, and presenting them in our venues helps us draw off-campus audiences into our spaces and familiarize them with attending performances at Saint John's University. We receive a percentage of Great River Educational Arts Theater's ticket income, so our income is tied directly to their success.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Steve Armstrong, Dennis Beach, Carie Braun, Tony Christianson, Marilou Denbo Eldred, Patrick Ellingsworth, Terry Fruth, Conner Griffin, Stuart Harvey, Linda Hoeschler, Eric Hollas, Ann Huntrods, Bill Jeatran, Jim Knoblach, Paul Krump, Benedict Leuthner, Rene McGraw, Joe Mucha, Tom Nicol, Kathleen Norris, Bill O'Connell, Jose Peris, Robin Pierzina, David Rehr, Ken Roering, Mike Scherer, Thomas Schnettler, Bill Schubert, Don Schumacher, Fred Senn, Jim Sexton, Prince Wallace, Dan Whalen, Karen Backes, Brian Campbell, Jean Beckel, Mimi Bitzan, Leigh Dillard, Louann Dummich, Dave Earp, Colleen Hollinger Petters, Ken Jones, Laura Malhotra, Mark McGowan, Rick Odenthal, Sue Palmer, Gustavo Pena, Chris Rasmussen, Joe Rogers, Marie Sanderson, Andrea Shaker, Arno Shermock, Jerry Wetterling
Source of Additional Funds

local or private

Project Overview
Operating Support
Project Details
General operating support
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Saint John's University AKA Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming
Street Address
PO Box 2000
Zip Code
(320) 363-5030
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet, Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron, Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka.; Benjamin Klipfel, Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota.; Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Lawrence Adams: Principal, LarsonAllen, LLP.; Jonathan Carter: Solutions development manager, General Mills.; Ellen Copperud: Board member, Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council.; Kenna Cottman Sarge: Artistic director, Voice of Culture Drum and Dance. Educator, TU Dance Center. Dancer with Pramila Vasudevan.; Hong Dice: Professor of music, Carleton College, and Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing; Antony Goddard: Executive director, Paramount Arts Resource Trust, and St Cloud Opportunities.; Anna Johnson: Independent arts consultant; Therese Kunz: Creative director, Longville Arts Center; Founder, Screen Porch Productions, Inc.; Janis Lane-Ewart: Executive director and volunteer programmer, KFAI. Treasurer, Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations, and National Federation of Community Broadcasters.|Peter Spooner, Curator, Tweed Museum of Art. Board member, Duluth Public Arts Commission, Duluth Public Library, Artists Relief Fund, and Chester Bowl Improvement Club.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed