Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ensemble 61
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
August 2012
End Date
March 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Ensemble 61 will present its program, Water Music, in four communities in western Minnesota. The performances will include music inspired by water, one of Minnesota's greatest resources.
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. Minnesota professional artists and arts organizations tour to communities and regions they haven’t previously visited.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The main outcome was exposing more Minnesotans to contemporary music through live performances. We achieved this by presenting four concerts throughout Minnesota with support from those communities. In order to evaluate this outcome, audience members were given short surveys to fill out during and after the performances. From this survey, we were able to see that most audience members found out about our performances from the local newspaper and emails and newsletters from the presenting partners. When asked if they would attend another performance by Ensemble 61, the response was overwhelmingly favorable. Ensemble 61 toured to Alexandria, Glenwood, Fergus Falls and New York Mills. Regional arts council websites were used to identify communities in greater Minnesota that have a history of supporting the arts and that might be interested in hosting a performance by Ensemble 61. Previous professional contacts from Alexandria were also used to arrange for that performance. In order to engage the audience in each community, members of Ensemble 61 gave a pre-concert talk about the music being performed. We also talked about the music during the performance itself for those who were unable to attend the pre-concert talk. In addition, members of Ensemble 61 made themselves available at the intermission and after the performances to interact directly with audience members and to answer any questions or converse about the performance. It was apparent from the survey that the pre-concert talk was overwhelmingly helpful to the audience members’ concert experience. The pre-concert talks helped to demystify some of the music being performed. 2: Ensemble 61 was able to perform in four communities in Greater Minnesota which we have not performed in prior to this tour. Our intended outcome was to perform and explain contemporary music to new audiences. We achieved this outcome by presenting the four concerts and by engaging the audience members in preconcert talks, which helped demystify some of the music being performed. We evaluated the success of this outcome through the surveys which were handed out to audience members. When asked if they felt the pre-concert talk was helpful, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Presenting partners were chosen from communities in greater Minnesota that have a history of supporting the arts and that might be interested in hosting a performance by Ensemble 61. Erik Barsness, co-director and percussionist of Ensemble 61, selected the specific communities based on communications with the regional arts council staff members and by consulting their websites. Each presenting partner helped advertise the performance in their specific community and was consulted on whether or not they felt a pre-concert talk would benefit their audience. All organizations hosted a pre-concert talk.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Erik Barsness, Kirsten Broberg, Alison Young
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ensemble 61
Street Address
277 Sidney St E
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 357-0297
Administered By
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540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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