Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Friends of the Minnesota Sinfonia AKA Minnesota Sinfonia
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
February 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Yellow Medicine
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
The purpose of this tour is to take the Minnesota Sinfonia to greater Minnesota communities not served by the stateÆs other major orchestras, and to provide top quality musical and educational experiences free of admission charges, and welcoming children.
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. More community and nonprofit organizations become involved in presenting touring artists and arts organizations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

1. The Sinfonia did indeed tour to nine Greater Minnesota communities: Canby, Granite Falls, Willmar, Hutchinson, Luverne, Worthington, Jackson and Redwood Falls in the summer and fall of 2012, and Faribault on February 14 of 2013, bringing top quality professionally produced orchestral music to these communities. By playing in new [to the Sinfonia] communities, the orchestra was able to diversify and increase its audiences, and allowed the musicians to tour parts of the state. Anonymous audience survey results (see below), reported that the audiences were stimulated, entertained and educated by the performances. 2. We evaluated the success of our intended outcomes by the written responses from anonymous audience surveys, audience reactions/discussions with the host sponsors (which were reported back to the Sinfonia) and by audience live interaction with the conductor after the performances. Five of the communities were surveyed, and the resulting comments were very good. 2: 1. The technical aspects of the tours were very successful. The venues, lodging transportation and scheduling all went according to plan. The performances by the orchestra and soloists were outstanding. Every concert received standing ovations, and as mentioned above, the responses on the surveys were very complimentary. 2. We evaluated the program outcomes with surveys of the audiences and discussions with community hosts and the library sponsors. The surveys were adaptations of surveys that were developed for the Sinfonia by the public relations firm of Padilla Speer Beardsley.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Mary Weber, Imanol Arevalo, David Haynes, Grant Fairbairn, Jay Fishman, Shannon Hovey, Bruce Humphrys, Dorothy Jacobs , Mollie Pherson, Tim Puffer, Evelyn Rolloff, Sharla Wagy
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Friends of the Minnesota Sinfonia AKA Minnesota Sinfonia
Street Address
901 N 3rd St Ste 112
Zip Code
(612) 871-1701
Administered By
Administered by

Griggs Midway Building, Suite 304,
540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

(651) 539-2650 or toll-free (800) 866-2787
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