Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 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
January 2016
End Date
February 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Central Minnesota will have access to vibrant and eclectic world music, a genre that is not typically represented in this area. Veterans will have a special performance tailored to their needs and presented at the Saint Cloud VA to ensure access and participation. The Saint Cloud Children's Home will benefit from a performance, which will also help the youth learn about, appreciate, and express their creativity. Fine Arts Programming at Saint John's University will survey residency partners and participants about the activities presented. Saint John's University will also distribute audience surveys for the public performance and, where possible, photograph/document activities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Increased access and participation in residency activities were major goals of this project, and were achieved. Saint John’s University commonly surveys the audiences of both residency activities and mainstage performances. Following residency activities, Saint John’s University gathered feedback from partners to find out if the activities met the intended expectations for each group. Partners sent back narrative responses, which provided meaningful feedback. The Saint Cloud Technical College students were asked by their instructor to write a paper about their experience seeing Red Baraat. Some of the comments included: “The whole group was amazing. The energy that they showed made me see how much they like to make music.” “I enjoyed the music because of the diversity of the music the band played. I also enjoyed the part where they talked about the many influences that shaped the music they played.” “Their music is infectious and definitely made my Friday morning much more enjoyable. I would love to see them again. They bring an energy and vibe to the audience that is very unique and fantastic!” The Boys and Girls Club also responded with the following comments: As he (Sunny Jain of Red Baraat) spoke, you could see they were beaming with excitement and could hardly wait to start creating music themselves. The members of Red Baraat truly communicated their passion for creating music and did a fantastic job of engaging our members who had little experience drumming or playing live instruments. This was truly an experience that we could not have encountered anywhere else. The students who attended this workshop had a wonderful experience and will be able to draw upon it as they continue to create music in our program. Saint John’s University was unfortunately unable to secure post-residency narrative from the St Cloud VA. As this is an important relationship for our organization, Saint John’s University is scheduling meetings with VA leadership in order to discuss outcomes of the residencies and goals for future partnerships. This includes discussing the importance of staff and veteran testimonials about their experiences with residency activities. Saint John’s University also surveyed the general public who attended the mainstage performance with an online survey, sent via email. Survey respondents did note that the artist changed their perceptions of the genre. Many patrons also noted that the performance was fun, worth their ticket price, and that they enjoyed getting of their seats to move to the music.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Mimi Bitzan, Brian Campbell, Katie Campbell, David DeBlieck, Louann Dummich, Barry Elert, Paul Hamiton, Laura Hood, Adam Houghton, Cindy Malone, Mark McGowan, Rick Odenthal, Sue Palmer, Dr. Gustavo Pena, Colleen Hollinger Petters, Simon-Hoa Phan, Chris Rasmussen, Joe Rogers, Marie Sanderson, Arno Shermock, Dr. Jerry Wetterling, Katie Ruprecht-Wittrock, Brandyn Woodard, Bethany Purkapile, Steven Bezdichek Pfahning
Project Overview
Project Grant
Project Details
Red Baraat will perform for the St Cloud Veteran's Affairs Health Systems, and lead a range of music workshops for college students as well as youth at the St Cloud Children's Home. They will also present a public performance for Central Minnesota audienc
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Saint John's University AKA Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming
Street Address
2850 Abbey Plz PO Box 2222
Zip Code
(320) 363-5030
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Janice Courtney: Arts Adviser/Assistant Director of the St Cloud State University Program Board, arts advocate; Linda Brobeck: visual artist, owner of Crow River North, LLC, has served on a number of non-profit boards; Al Hams: Founder of Al's Music, author, served on a number of Boards of Directors; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of St Benedict/St John's University Fine Arts Series; Doug Lien: watercolorist, member of the Central Minnesota Watercolorists, Community Education Art Class instructor; Ken Barry: blues musician, Victorian photographer, Nuclear Engineer; Mark Nelson: public school music teacher, choral director, community theatre director, voice lessons instructor, American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Board Member; Justin Lewandowski: music advocate, promoter and booking agent, writer, actor, volunteer for a number of organizations.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Justin Lewandowski: music advocate, promoter and booking agent, writer, actor, volunteer for a number of organizations; Lee Ann Goerss: Central Minnesota Arts Board Teaching Artist in visual and literary arts; Shane Mahon: Visual Arts Minnesota board member, multi-media artist; Jeffrey Bleam: Associate Professor of Theatre and Director/Designer at St Cloud State University, costume designer, graphic designer, film/video producer; Frank Haynes: Executive Director for Helping Hands Outreach, organizer, past president of Bismarck-Mandan (North Dakota) Arts Council.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed