Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Prudence J. Johnson AKA Prudence Johnson
Recipient Type
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
March 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Crow Wing
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)

I was able, along with Dan Chouinard and Alan Frechtman, to bring a high-quality multimedia music and history show to smaller communities across the state that would not have been able to afford the production otherwise. The goal of eleven performances was achieved. We hoped audiences would be moved as well as entertained, and through the comments gathered from audience evaluation forms, this goal was clearly achieved. We also had a show-specific website where potential attendees were encouraged to send their own stories or impressions of the time period for inclusion in the show and we received submissions from each community. All promotional materials directed people to this site to engage with us beforehand. The show was also advertised as a sing-along, and audiences were invited to sing on 25 out of 32 songs with lyrics provided on the video screens. The sing-along part of the show was clearly anticipated and enjoyed by all audiences as none required coaxing. We went to Glenwood, Luverne, Wadena, Park Rapids, Bemidji, Brainerd, Watertown, Zumbrota, Faribault, New York Mills and Minneapolis. We performed in churches, high schools, libraries and performing arts centers. Originally, nine of eleven presenters were to be libraries. The Metropolitan Library Services Agency library system intended to present us twice, once at the State Fair. The coordinator of the State Fair show backed out and libraries in Duluth and Austin felt over-extended with their programming funds but we were receiving requests from other communities who had heard about the show and these vacancies were quickly filled by non-profit arts organizations in Zumbrota, Glenwood, and Faribault.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
This project is a multimedia, Minnesota-centric, concert exploring the music, politics, and events of the 1960s, with historical narrative, projected images, and audience guest appearances and sing-alongs.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Prudence J. Johnson AKA Prudence Johnson
(612) 978-0683
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