Fine Arts Endowment
To help ensure a vibrant future for fine arts education in the Minnetonka School District, we have created the MAA Fine Arts Endowment Fund. This permanent, income-producing legacy, administered by the Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation, will make possible extraordinary opportunities for Minnetonka teachers and students in the visual, performing and literary arts - opportunities beyond and separate from the schools’ normal operating budget.
How can I get involved?
An endowment is an investment in the future. We invite you to join in the creation of this vibrant, long-term legacy. To make a tax-deductible gift to the Fine Arts Endowment Fund, please complete a pledge form or show your support with an online donation. Working together we can help ensure excellence in fine arts programming in the Minnetonka School District!
Interested in supporting areas other than the arts?
The Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation raises and allocates funds to initiate and support innovative educational programs that enrich the learning experiences of all students served by the Minnetonka Public Schools. Learn more or make a donation through their Web site.
Why support the fine arts in secondary education?
Students in the 21st century need skills that enable them to craft new realities out of fast-moving data -- to decode sounds and images, articulate problems, envision possibilities and shape workable solutions using multiple diverse perspectives. They need curiosity, adaptability, empathy, the habit of lifelong learning and to compose a future we can only imagine, they will need creativity. Research has consistently shown that combining the desire to create with the perseverance needed to excel in the arts results in improved student performance in all academic subjects.
An arts education:
- Builds a climate of high expectation; discipline and academic rigor strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills
- Promotes a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance and goal-setting
- Nurtures a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done
- Develops greater appreciation and understanding of the world at large
- Provides an opportunity for parental, community and business involvement with schools
- School districts that value the arts provide a full education in the deepest sense of the word – one that prepares students to live and work together, to appreciate the interconnectedness of humanity, and to thrive in an uncertain future.
Projects funded through the Fine Arts Endowment
- Art Display Cases: funding from this grant provides an organized system to exhibit student artistic pieces at MMW. Changeable display frames and cases will allow the exhibited art to remain fresh and current throughout the school year, showcasing a variety of student artistic pieces.
- Grandparents and Grandchildren Sing Together
- Jamstik Smart Guitar
- Social Skills Through Improv
- Chinese Dragon/Lion Dance
- Robotic Engineers at Groveland
- Video Crane at MHS
- A Long Walk to Water at MMW
- African Drumming (partial funding)
- Art Reproductions
- Skype an Author
- Video Production Sound Bar and Receiver
- Minnetonka Elementary Musical Theatre Program (partial funding)
- Family Culture Fest at Excelsior
- Hand chimes (Suzuki “Tone Chimes”) at Middle School West
- iPad photography apps at MHS
- Collaborative mural and installation series at MHS
- All the World’s a Stage at MHS (partial funding)
- Guest actor workshops at MHS
- Portable ‘Smart’ Light Board at MHS
- Musical instruments at Excelsior Elementary
- Virtual field trips at Middle School West (partial funding)
- Art room library and resource center at Minnewashta Elementary
- Weaving loom at Excelsior Elementary
- Chinese Music Residency at Scenic Heights Elementary (click for video)
- Guest musician clinics at Middle School East and West (click for video)
- Drama rehearsal camera at MHS
- Click on the image above to watch a short video about the 2011-12 Chinese Music Residency Grant funded through the Fine Arts Endowment Fund
- Click on the image above to watch a short video about the 2011-12 Master Musician Grant funded through the Fine Arts Endowment Fund
- Art posters for all District elementary schools
- Art DVDs for all District elementary schools
- Supplies for 4th graders to learn how to make paper
- Boomwhackers percussion tubes for middle school music classes
- Cantus chamber choir in-service with MHS choirs (partial funding)
- A negative scanner for MHS photography classes
- Woodworking tools for Minnetonka Theatre at MHS
- Ethnic dance instruction at MHS
- Vocal specialist to work with MHS choirs
- Display cases for the Arts Center on 7 at MHS
- MHS Jazz Ensemble travel expenses to perform at National School Boards Convention (partial funding)
- Performance royalties for Theatre productions (partial funding)