Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ballet Works, Inc. AKA James Sewell Ballet
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
March 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
James Sewell Ballet will bring its new Le Dance Off 2: Dance North America tour and residency activities to audiences in Grand Rapids, Red Wing, and Detroit Lakes.
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
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)

Minnesota professional artists and arts organizations have more opportunities to tour their work throughout the state. More community and nonprofit organizations become involved in presenting touring artists and arts organizations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

James Sewell Ballet toured its proposed work to the communities of Detroit Lakes, Grand Rapids and Red Wing, and achieving deep community impact through its residency work, interactions with students, the community at large, and through its public performances. The touring grant afforded us the time and resources to build layers of interactions with the participants, which is not easy to accomplish with a typical outreach activity. Our communications with the presenters and participants--and their genuine enthusiasm to further our relationship-building with audiences--are the most meaningful evaluation responses we seek. Because it is our clear goal to extend our touring work to other underserved Minnesota locations, we are encouraged that we have a formula that is working effectively, and we can take it elsewhere. 2: By identifying key project goals we wanted to achieve with this tour, we were able to focus our activities in Minnesota communities that had networks of participants, effectively insuring the success of our work. As most smaller communities have one or possibly two principal dance schools, we were able to identify these schools through our presenters. We also understand--by direct response from the dance instructors and students--that this tour and its activities was a highlight for the kids in their early dance education. We further engaged dance enthusiasts by hosting a variety of James Sewell Ballet residency activities in alternate touring locations.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Tom Anderson, Laura Bednarski, Paula Claire, Dean Genth, Joanne Gordon, Kelly Kita, James McCarthy, Jenny Nilsson, Martin Rigney, Fred Sewell, James Sewell, Kevin Smith, Steve Suckow, George Sutton, Karen Thissen
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ballet Works, Inc. AKA James Sewell Ballet
Street Address
528 Hennepin Ave Ste 215
Zip Code
(612) 672-0480
Administered By
Administered by

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540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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