Operating Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Illusion Theater and School, Inc. AKA Illusion Theater
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Crow Wing
Lac qui Parle
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Illusion will stage six plays in 2016-17 on its mainstage that have currency to Minnesotans’ issues and experiences and that are accessible to them. Illusion will track the number of audiences who attend; Host talkbacks at least weekly for every show that address the outcome; and Invite feedback in the lobby, online, through email, website, and social media. 2: Twin Cities youth will gain theater and leadership skills and be better prepared to enter high school through participation in Illusion arts programs. Illusion will use assessment tools to track the number of schools and youth participating; conduct surveys and interviews with participating youth; and conduct interviews with teachers and school staff.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Illusion produced six plays on its mainstage during 2016-17 on issues that were engaging and relevant to audiences, and served over 12,000 Minnesotans. Illusion maintained accurate records of the number of audience members, conducted regular post-show discussions from the stage, and received feedback from a variety of sources including lobby discussion, social media and email. 2: Illusion delivered arts education to 11,900+ youth, including 2,346 metro youth who got special arts and leadership training to prepare them for high school. Illusion maintained accurate records of number of participating schools and youth, conducted pre- and post-program surveys and interviews with youth participants, and conducted post-program interviews teachers and school staff.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Stan Alleyne, Anthony Bohaty, Emily Bridges, Willie Bridges, Barbara Brin, Amy Brenengen, Pat Dunleavy, Keith Halperin, Lori Liss, Christopher Madel, Vivian Martin, Bonnie Morris, Katie Otto, Emily Palmer, Therese Pautz, Jeffrey Rabkin, Michael H. Robins, Rebecca F. Schiller, Susan Shapiro, Tracy M. Smith, David Stamps, Erica V. Stein, Robin Stein, Susan Thurston, Christopher Wurtz
Project Overview
Operating Support
Project Details
General operating support
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Illusion Theater and School, Inc. AKA Illusion Theater
Street Address
528 Hennepin Ave Ste 704
Zip Code
(612) 339-4944x 208
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. Officer at Large, 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. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Ceramic artist. former executive director of the Minnesota Project.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board; 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
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Amy Braford Whittey: Business developer for the arts for HGA; 16 years of nonprofit experience; Helen Franczyk: Arts marketing and communications consultant; Steve Heckler: Executive director, Twin Cities Jazz Festival and Lowertown Blues Festival; Julie Johnson: Grant writing consultant; former public relations director at Great River Shakespeare Festival; Gregory Smith: Business operations manager, the Fitzgerald Theater; Ellen Stanley: Executive director, Minnesota Music Coalition; Carla Tamburro: Coordinator, Park Point Art Fair, Duluth; art educator; Lisa Vesel: Executive director, Minnesota Discovery Center
Conflict of Interest Disclosed