Arts and Cultural Heritage

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rochester Dance Company
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
December 2015
End Date
January 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

We will provide access to participation in the arts for more Minnesotans through our 2015 production of the Nutcracker by providing school, special needs and public shows. We will measure our outcomes primarily through data collection for each performance, keeping track of attendance, and ticket sales. Outcomes will also be measured by looking at our audition numbers for the 2016-2017 season.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Our goal for this proposal was to bring 7 performances of the holiday classic to students, the special needs community, and the larger community, each production included talented and committed dancers as well as Guest Artists. We were able to invite 3 guest artists not affiliated with Rochester Dance Company and with the performance of our Artistic Director audiences enjoyed 4 professional dancers on the stage. We exceeded expectations in audience attendance and for one performance our young dancers enjoyed the experience of performing for an audience of close to 600. Over 2700 children and adults enjoyed the 2015 production of the Nutcracker.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Missy Connell, Kari Kastner, Kyle Lake, Sarah Lichty, Ann Oetfinger, Wendy Peterson
Project Overview
Arts and Cultural Heritage
Project Details
Rochester Dance Company's 2015 production of The Nutcracker
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rochester Dance Company
Street Address
PO Box 7262
Zip Code
(507) 722-1036
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
John Becker: art business owner; Kjel Alkire: art faculty at Winona State University; Hal Cropp: Executive Director of Commonweal Theatre; Daved Driscoll: Executive Director of Words Players; Julie Fakler: education coordinator at Paradise Center for the Arts; Drue Fergison: linguist, writer; Teresa Kauffmann: photographer; Paula Michel: Harmony Arts Board member; Connie Nelson: music educator; Jane Olive: costumer; Scott Roberts: arts administrator; Judy Saye-Willis: fiber artist; Steve Schmidt: musician, arts administrator.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Scott Anderson: musician; Andrea Gaffke: artist; Judy Hickey: arts administrator; David Kassler: composer; Marie Maher: arts administrator; Kathy Peterson: playwright; Kathy Rush: thespian; Mary Ruth: artist; Jon Swanson: arts administrator; Joan Sween: playwright; Sandy Thompson: arts administrator; Gary Tollers: arts administrator; Tom Willis: potter.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed