Vail Place Awarded Partners in Arts Participation Grant by Minnesota State Arts Board

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HOPKINS, Minn. - March 1, 2017 - PRLog -- Representatives from Vail Place, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services,supports and resources for adults with mental illnesses, announced it has received a $21,120 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  The Partners in Arts Participation grant will be used for the Vail Theater/Storytelling program, now in its fourth year. In this program members work with professional artists from St. Paul's History Theatre to develop performance pieces based on their personal experiences.

"During the program, Vail Place members learn about theater elements like playwriting, performance and directing.  Ultimately many of the members perform their pieces for a theater audience and at other venues. Members who have participated in the program have reported they gained significant improvements in self-confidence, as well as increased skills in communication and collaboration," said Stefano LoVerso, Vail Place Director of External Affairs. "We're fortunate to have the support of the Minnesota State Arts Board, an organization that clearly understands the impact of programs like these on the lives of people who otherwise would have limited exposure to the arts."

As part of the Vail Theater/Storytelling program, professional teaching artists from the History Theatre work with Vail Place members during a series of 15-week workshops in the fall and spring. Vail Place is also developing an outreach program that will bring these performances to additional audiences including community and civic groups, service providers and others.  Vail Place plans to provide these ongoing performances in addition to a planned public performance at the History Theatre in December of 2017.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

"Encouraging creativity focusing on the arts has been well-documented to enrich the lives and recovery of adults with mental illnesses. At Vail Place, we've always embraced creative expression not only as a tool for recovery, but also because it simply makes all of our lives better," said Vicky Couillard, Vail Place Executive Director. "We're fortunate to live in a state that supports important programs like the Minnesota State Arts Board, an organization that truly helps make the arts available to everyone."

Minnesota State Arts Board Partners in Arts Participation project grants are awarded to nonprofit health or human service organizations to give underserved individuals or groups opportunities to experience the arts.

About Vail Place
Vail Place is a non-profit organization based in Hopkins, Minnesota. The organization was founded in 1981 to provide community-based recovery services for adults with serious mental illnesses. It has expanded over the years to include Targeted Case Management and Collaborative Community Programs, including site-based supportive housing and a Total Care Collaborative in North Minneapolis in partnership with North Memorial. Vail Place operates two facilities in Hopkins and Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information, visit

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