Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Huge Improv Theater
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
October 2012
End Date
October 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Huge Improv Theater will present a touring production of Bassprov, an improvised two-man show from Chicago, featuring Joe Bill and Mark Sutton. They are both founding members of the Annoyance Theater in Chicago and recognized as some of the best teachers
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)

More community and nonprofit organizations become involved in presenting touring artists and arts organizations. We used box office reports, online surveys, and paper surveys to evaluate our goals.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We performed for 145 audience members split over two nights in October. These numbers were lower than our goal, but our goal was incredibly ambitious, and these numbers are much higher than our average audience. Enrollment for the workshops was so strong that we added two extra sessions so everyone who wanted to could participate. Sixty-three students took part, participating in one to four workshops. We provided scholarships of $40-$160 for nineteen students. All those who requested a scholarship received one, in the full amount they requested. We presented a free talk about improvisational theater to the public in a Q and A format, with twenty-three people attending. This is the second Q and A we have ever held, and we learned that having this program at the theater is not as successful as we would like. In the future, we will arrange to have our special guests speak at a community center or school. Eighty-four audience members completed a paper survey at the event. Eight percent rated it “good,” and 92% rated it “exceptional” or “great.” Twenty-four audience members answered the extra survey online, more than double our expectation. We received very positive assessments of the ease of parking and the ticket purchasing system. And 87% said the Bassprov performance increased their understanding of improvisation as an art form, and 58% said this performance of Bassprov encouraged them to study improvisation.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Huge Improv Theater
Street Address
3037 Lyndale Ave S
Zip Code
(612) 412-4843
Administered By
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540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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