Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Arts Midwest
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

More community and nonprofit organizations become involved in presenting touring artists and arts organizations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The 2011–2013 Arts Midwest World Fest residencies were incredibly successful in Detroit Lakes. The ensembles made fast and deep connections with K-12 students during educational workshops and instrument demonstrations, with older adults in senior citizen centers, and with adult residents through informal community outreach activities and the formal public performance. During the two-year cycle, ensembles from Egypt, Israel, Indonesia, and China reached 9,437 residents in Detroit Lakes, including 6,700 youth, through 42 community and educational activities and four public performances. We evaluated the success of the residencies based on quantitative attendance figures at events, qualitative feedback from students and audience members, and conversations with our community partner, Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. At the end of the first year of the cycle, Amy Stoller Stearns, Executive Director of the Historic Holmes Theater at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, wrote: With Yamma Ensemble, as with Wust el Balad, the most successful part was the variety and depth of groups we were able to reach within a week's time. Schools and individuals from throughout our region of northwestern Minnesota were able to get involved. The impact of this is difficult to describe but basically, it helped to open more doors for us. We know that our outreach activities in the future will be better because of it. For example, we are improving how we do outreach—efficiency, hospitality, coordination factors—all are smoother because of what we're learning with World Fest. In February we had a small residency with an artist that was made better because of opportunities that arose after Wust el Balad's outreach in the fall.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Peter Capell, Cyndi Pederson, Bruce Bernberg, Sylvia C. Kaufman, Dennis Holub, Brian J. Bonde, John Bracey, Sandi Clark, Loann Crane, Ken Fischer, David Fraher, Helyn Goldenberg, Matthew Harris, Emily Maltz, Rhoda Pierce, Kymm Pollack, Ashwini Ramaswamy, Brian Tiemann, Michael Vinson, Matthew Wallace, Jan Webb
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Arts Midwest World Fest, a performing arts touring program that addresses the lack of cross-cultural arts education in underserved communities, will present international musicians in rural Midwestern communities by conducting week-long residencies.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Arts Midwest
Street Address
2908 Hennepin Ave Ste 200
Zip Code
(612) 238-8052
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002., Peggy Burnet, Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Michael Charron, Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Lynne Beck: Development director, COMPAS.; Steven Downing: Consultant, Northern Community Radio. School Board member, Northern Lights Community School. Trustee, Northland Foundation. Writer, musician, teacher, and arts administrator.; Stephanie Eichman: Executive director, Minnesota Dance Ensemble.; Jane Gudmundson: Artist and arts educator.; Athena Kildegaard: Lecturer, University of Minnesota Morris.; Jeff Larson: Producing director, Minnesota Fringe Festival.; Alberta Marana: Landscape artist.; Peter Pestalozzi: Board member, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Co-owner, Oddessy Design Works. Furniture designer/craftsman.; Kathleen Ray: Executive director, Central Square Cultural and Civic Center. Theater artist and playwright.|Dyani Reynolds-WhiteHawk, Arts project manager, Native American Development Institute. Traditional Lakota and contemporary artist.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed