Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,350
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Lyric Opera of the North
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
May 2016
End Date
August 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Lake
Cass
Carlton
Cook
Hubbard
St. Louis
Lake
Cass
Carlton
Cook
Hubbard
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,350
Other Funds Leveraged
$72,060
Direct expenses
$75,410
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

It is always Lyric Opera of the North's goal to expand our audience, and enliven the appetite for opera in our region. Les Unc will help us reach a new audience, while appealing to our loyal patron base. We will grow as a company as a result of our work with Colder By the Lake - resulting in a company of better singing actors. Les Unc will have a larger cast than many of our productions and 100% of the singers will be local. By combining our efforts with Colder By the Lake, we will be better able to reach beyond our regular fan base and invite and encourage a wider audience for this opera than for some of our other offerings. This is a comedy, so we will certainly listen for laughs. We want high quality singing and playing. We want high production values. We measure success in the following ways: audience response, artist and designer response, donor and sponsor response, and artistic quality. Measuring ticket sales and donor response is quantitative, and therefore not difficult. Audience response comes to us in unsolicited comments and through survey responses, and artists and company members are always forthcoming in their feedback. Our Board of Directors meets with Music and General Directors following each production to evaluate artistic and organizational success.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We sold out three performances of this production, eventually selling seats that were obstructed view, due to demand. Nearly one half of ticket-buyers to these performances were new to Lyric Opera of the North.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Chery Takkunen, Martha Firling, Charlotte Taylor, Jean Jacobson, James Sheetz, Thomas Bakken, Emily Vikre, Paula Polasky
Project Overview
Art Project Grant
Project Details
Les Uncomfortables
Project Manager
First Name
Sarah
Last Name
Lawrence
Organization Name
Lyric Opera of the North
Street Address
PO Box 462
City
Duluth
State
MN
Zip Code
55801
Phone
(218) 464-0922
Email
sarah@loonopera.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Ken Bloom: Director of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director for North Shore Music Association, writer; David Beard: Assistant Professor of writing studies, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of music, University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Candace LaCosse: North House Folk School instructor, leatherwork designer and crafter.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; David Beard: Assistant Professor of writing studies, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of the Art Institute Duluth; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No