Minnesota's Legacy

Project Grant - Round 1

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
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
March 2013
End Date
March 2013
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Stearns
Benton
Wright
Goodhue
Ramsey
Hennepin
Scott
St. Louis
Kandiyohi
Stearns
Benton
Wright
Goodhue
Ramsey
Hennepin
Scott
St. Louis
Kandiyohi
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$11,136
Direct expenses
$16,136
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

If this project achieves the intended outcomes, Fine Arts Programming expects audiences and residency participants to have a new interest and curiosity about modern dance that will lead them to explore other offerings from Fine Arts Programming and other Central Minnesota performing arts organizations, both in traditional and more innovative forms. Residency participants will also have a greater sense of what constitutes modern dance through the education components of Casebolt and Smith's outreach. Fine Arts Programming anticipates that area youth who participate in residencies will have a better appreciation for dance through hands-on interactions with the ensemble. Fine Arts Programming staff members expect that these activities will also strengthen relationships with our residency partners, which in turn will facilitate future partnerships.Fine Arts Programming will gather feedback responses from workshop facilitators to find out if the residency activities met the intended goals and/or expectations for each different demographic. These will not be surveys so much as narrative responses, giving partners a chance to provide more meaningful feedback. When we have partnered in the past, many times, facilitators ask their participants to journal about their experiences; these reflections have provided a wealth of information on the impact of arts activities. Fine Arts Programming will ask Boys and Girls Club to do the same for this residency. We will ask for this kind of feedback from College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University faculty whose classes take part in workshops with Casebolt and Smith, as well as any groups from District 742, and the Dancing with Many Voices dance ensemble. The easiest and most often used measure of success will, of course, be attendance numbers at residency activities and at the public performance. Fine Arts Programming 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 a contemporary dance performance as anticipated and if this style of dance was successful at changing attitudes and/or perceptions of modern dance.

Measurable Outcome(s)

One need identified in the application was that this project could help introduce new audiences to modern and contemporary dance. Survey results indicate that 49% of the audience attended any kind of live dance performance 0-5 times before. More importantly, 77% of the audience indicated that this performance changed their understanding or perspective on modern dance. Residency participants walked away with new ways of approaching dance and improvisation. The work in partnering and teamwork was also an important outcome in the creative process. Patrons at the public performance were asked to complete surveys to find out if this project attracted new audiences to dance performances or if this project changed perceptions of contemporary/modern dance. Evaluation forms were distributed to residency facilitators. Participation numbers were tracked for each residency event and the public performance.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Steve Armstrong, Dennis Beach, Carie Braun, Tony Christianson, Marilou Denbo Eldred, Patrick Ellingsworth, Terry Fruth, Conner Griffin, Stuart Harvey, Michael Hemesath, 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
Project Overview
Casebold and Smith
Project Details
Casebolt and Smith, a two-person dance theater company, will present one evening performance and up to nine residency activities in the field of modern and contemporary dance theater.
Project Manager
First Name
Leslie
Last Name
Hanlon
Organization Name
Saint John's University AKA Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming
Street Address
2850 Abbey Plz PO Box 2222
City
Collegeville
State
MN
Zip Code
56321-2000
Phone
(320) 363-2011
Email
lhanlon@csbsju.edu
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Mike Carlson: Foley High School Art Teacher, potter; Janice Courtney: arts advisor/Assistant Director of Saint Cloud State University Program Board; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of Saint Benedict's/Saint John's University Fine Arts Series; Chris Rasmussen: art teacher for 35 years at Foley Senior High (retired), Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Board Member and College of Saint Benedict's/Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming Advisory Council Member; Peter Veljkovich: Littleton Fine Arts Committee, county representative for South Suburban Arts Committee, photographer, writer, Disc Jockey; Charlene Sul: Art Director of Hands Across the World, facilitator, art lecturer; John Stander: Executive Director of Elk River Arts Alliance, career school administrator; Helene Woods: nonprofit and public administrator, Board Member of the Monticello Arts Council.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Mike Carlson: Foley High School Art Teacher, potter; Janice Courtney: arts advisor/Assistant Director of Saint Cloud State University Program Board; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of Saint Benedict's/Saint John's University Fine Arts Series; Chris Rasmussen: art teacher for 35 years at Foley Senior High (retired), Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Board Member and College of Saint Benedict's/Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming Advisory Council Member; Peter Veljkovich: Littleton Fine Arts Committee, county representative for South Suburban Arts Committee, photographer, writer, Disc Jockey; Charlene Sul: Art Director of Hands Across the World, facilitator, art lecturer; John Stander: Executive Director of Elk River Arts Alliance, career school administrator; Helene Woods: nonprofit and public administrator, Board Member of the Monticello Arts Council.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Yes
Conflict of Interest Contact
Central Minnesota Arts Board, Leslie LeCuyer (320) 968-4290