Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Saint John's University AKA Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Status
Completed
Start Date
February 2014
End Date
April 2014
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Stearns
Sherburne
Benton
Kandiyohi
Meeker
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$60,571
Direct expenses
$68,571
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

If this project achieves the intended outcomes, Saint John’s University expects audiences and residency participants to have a new interest and curiosity about topics relevant to each performance that will lead them to explore other offerings from Fine Arts Programming and other Central Minnesota performing arts organizations. For the Pat Hazell writing residency activity, one major outcome will be that participants are able to use creative writing as a way to help give voice to their stories using writing genres of their choice (humor, creative fiction, nonfiction, etc.). It is not the intent to use this session as a way of fleshing out stories of war, but using the experience and learned skills as ways of encouraging participants to begin truthful writing and artistic expression. Given the output from the Pat Hazell workshop in February, veterans may opt to have their own selections from the writing workshop read aloud by company members of Griffin Theater, which will take place in April. Following the writing session, a feedback session with the staff will be held, as well as a train-the-trainer session with Pat Hazell. The therapists of the VA will also have an expanded skillset in creative writing techniques following the training activities, which will help them implement new writing therapy programs at the VA into the future. Since this is an area of arts therapy without trained staff at the VA, Saint John’s University designed this session with the intent of laying a foundation for sustainability of creative writing and performance. Saint John’s University staff members expect that these activities will also strengthen the relationship with our residency partner, which in turn will facilitate future activities.Saint John’s University is working with residency partner, Saint Cloud VA, to outline specific desired outcomes. Following the residency activities, Saint John’s University will gather feedback responses from workshop facilitators to find out if the activities met the intended goals and/or expectations for each group of veterans served. These will be narrative responses, giving partners a chance to provide more meaningful feedback. Saint John’s University has also set up post-activity meetings between Saint John’s University staff and VA facilitators to discuss outcomes of the residencies and goals for future partnerships. The easiest and most often used measure of success will, of course, be attendance numbers at residency activities and at the public performance. Saint John’s University will track ticket sales and participation numbers at residency events as well as survey the public performance audience to find out if this performance attracted new audiences to each performance as anticipated and if each performance was successful at changing attitudes and/or perceptions of the particular genre.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Saint John’s University presented 3 performances and 9 residency activities with Pat Hazell of the Wonder Bread Years, Take 6, and Griffin Theatre Company’s Letters Home. These activities achieved the outcomes of engaging underserved groups in the arts and fostering a new interest in the arts in residency participants and the general central Minnesota audience. Surveys were distributed to audiences. Residency facilitators provided feedback at post-activity meetings - in some cases, they provided written feedback.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Karen Backes, Jean Beckel, Brian Campbell, Mimi Bitzan, Erin Noel, Leigh Dillard, Louann Dummich, Colleen Hollinger Petters, Ken Jones, Laura Malhotra, Mark McGowan, Rick Odenthal, Sue Palmer, Gustavo Pena, Chris Rasmussen, Joe Rogers, Andrew Hovel, Marie
Project Overview

Project Grant

Project Details

Saint John's VA Partnership

Project Manager
First Name
Leslie
Last Name
Hanlon
Organization Name
College of Saint Benedict AKA College of Saint Benedict Fine Arts Programming
Street Address
37 College Ave S PO Box 2000
City
Collegeville
State
MN
Zip Code
56321
Phone
(320) 363-5030
Email
lhanlon@csbsju.edu
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Janice Courtney: Arts Advisor/Assistant Director of Saint Cloud State University Program Board; Chris Rasmussen: retired art teacher for 35 years, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Board Member, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming Advisory Council Member; John Stander: Former Executive Director of Elk River Arts Alliance, career school administrator; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Fine Arts Series; Mike Carlson: Foley High School Art Teacher, potter; PJ Fanberg: Executive Director of Land Of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota, Fundraising, Human Resources, Mission-guided Organizational Planning; Charlene Sul: Art Director for Hands Across the World, facilitator, Art Lecturer.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Janice Courtney: Arts Advisor/Assistant Director of Saint Cloud State University Program Board; Chris Rasmussen: retired art teacher for 35 years, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Board Member, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming Advisory Council Member; John Stander: Former Executive Director of Elk River Arts Alliance, career school administrator; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Fine Arts Series; Mike Carlson: Foley High School Art Teacher, potter; PJ Fanberg: Executive Director of Land Of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota, Fundraising, Human Resources, Mission-guided Organizational Planning; Charlene Sul: Art Director for Hands Across the World, facilitator, Art Lecturer.

Conflict of Interest Contact

Central Minnesota Arts Board, Leslie LeCuyer (320) 968-4290