In 2013, Franconia supported 40 artists-in-residence with fellowship awards and internships. We continue to develop new programming at Franconia in the City@Casket, a sculpture park and gallery in Northeast Minneapolis. In 2013, we provided 86 artists the opportunity to exhibit artwork in three exhibitions (an increase of 200% from 2012) at Franconia in the City@Casket. In 2013, we were successful in providing the community daily, free access to the outdoor exhibition of over 100 sculptures at the 30 acre park and the opportunity to learn from and engage directly with artists-in-residence through tours, gallery exhibitions, symposia, art-making workshops, and cultural events. In 2013, over 60,000 community members explored the sculpture exhibition and over 10,000 community members participated in arts learning and cultural programming. In 2013, we improved our annual music concert series, resulting in 150% increase in attendance (total of 2,972 attendees), increased the scope of community art-making iron pour programs, and will further improve these programs in 2014. In 2013, we launched a new Rural Arts Program (RAP) that provided arts learning programming to under-served rural youth from east central Minnesota. Demand for RAP far surpassed our initial projections, therefore we adjusted the scope to serve more youth with fee-free artist-led guided exhibition tours and interactive art-making workshops led by professional visual artists, culminating in a total of 1,231 youth served.
To improve information handling and business processes by converting our current organizational database to SalesForce for Nonprofits; to complete strategic and tactical plans for the next 5 years and begin implementation; to maintain positive financial results, including expansion of our donor base and cultivation of new major private donors; to support up to 40 artists in the creation and exhibition of new three-dimensional artwork; to provide 10,000+ community members of all ages, ethnicities, and abilities arts learning programming focused on three-dimensional arts; to produce one collaborative, multimedia theatrical piece to be performed for the public in our amphitheater; to begin the discovery and planning phase of a capital campaign.
Community or Constituency Served
Emerging and mid-career artists - state-wide, nationally, and internationally; Minnesota at-risk youth; visual and performing arts audiences of all ages; arts educators and students; civically engaged organizations
Geographic Area Served
U.S. and international for artist residencies; programs for arts education serving the greater 11-county Mpls-St. Paul area, St. Croix River Valley, Chisago, Isanti, Kennebec, Pine, and Mille Lacs Counties; exhibition open to public visitors
Impact and Programs