Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
CLIMB Theatre, Inc. AKA CLIMB Theatre
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
April 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Crow Wing
Blue Earth
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 tour to communities and regions they haven’t previously visited. More community and nonprofit organizations become involved in presenting touring artists and arts organizations. We tallied new venues and audiences at each of the eleven Arts Tour performances throughout the state and compared those records to past activities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This was an expansion of previous programming. CLIMB wrote and produced A Deeper Look in 2011 for the Owatonna Public Schools, but this grant allowed us to tour with eight actors for this performance instead of our usual two to four performers. We toured to ten colleges on eleven campuses throughout the state. This is the first time that CLIMB has performed its original plays for audiences at the collegiate level. We were also able to perform in East Grand Forks for the first time. 2: We contacted fifty-five educational institutions throughout Greater Minnesota. We cast a wide net and tried to find organizations that were interested in an arts experience with an acceptance of differences focus, and could also commit to the anticipated time frame, costs, and other logistical requirements. Eleven different college campuses hosted CLIMB’s presentation. One school had never before hosted a touring arts performance. Often, college students don’t have a lot of access to professional arts activities, due to time and budget constraints. By providing students with a professional play and a follow-up activity, students were able to engage with the arts free of charge. The colleges also explained that art addressing important issues, like diversity, is in high demand.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Dr. James Gambone, Bill Partlan, Rep. Joe Atkins, James Olney, Milan Mockovak, Bonnie Mattson, Peg Wetli
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
CLIMB's new diversity play, A Deeper Look, will be performed at ten greater Minnesota partner colleges, on eleven campuses. Most colleges will include the broader community and all will provide follow-up discussion panels.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
CLIMB Theatre, Inc. AKA CLIMB Theatre
Street Address
6415 Carmen Ave E
Inver Grove Heights
Zip Code
(651) 453-9275x 19
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