Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Mankato Symphony Orchestra Association AKA Mankato Symphony Orchestra
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
November 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
This tour will feature select pieces from the Music from the Heart 2011-2012 concert season and will be presented in communities with limited access to live orchestral performances.
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
Daniel Adolphson: Director of Program Engagement, COMPAS.; Timothy Cassidy: Metal sculptor.; Larry Fredlund: Board member, Isanti County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment.; Lawrence Gorrell: Program director, Master of Arts in Human Development and Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management, St Mary's University.; Jeanne Kosfeld: Creative director, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Exhibition judge, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.; Jessica Lourey: Member of Sisters in Crime, The Loft Literary Center, and Lake Superior Writers. Board member, Mystery Writers of America. Writer and educator.; Ward Merrill: Executive director, Backus Community Center.; Rita Mustaphi: Founder and artistic director, Katha Dance Theatre. Choreographer, dancer, and educator.|Jeanne Willcoxon, Assistant professor of theater, St Olaf College.
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. Dr. Patricia Shifferd created surveys, for concertgoers and musicians, to measure the impact of the project. Musicians commented positively on the touring experience. Audiences were very appreciative, In New Ulm and Blue Earth, many people invited the Orchestra to come back in the future. The number of people who attended in Morton was low, but attendees were appreciative. One of the individuals who attended in Morton also came to the New Ulm performance to hear the concert again. Ninety-six percent of survey respondents said they were very likely or likely to attend a future Mankato Symphony Orchestra performance in their community if the opportunity arose again.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This is the second time in recent history that our orchestra has travelled to other locations and the first time that we have been the initiators. The Mankato Symphony Orchestra presented three orchestra concerts in Morton, New Ulm, and Blue Earth, all rural communities that do not have many opportunities to hear live classical music. The concerts were approximately ninety minutes long and included a post-concert question and answer/discussion session. This provided new opportunities to our musicians, who ordinarily perform only in Mankato. One musician response to the value of touring was, “Our performances improved greatly over the couple weeks [that the tour lasted]. It also helped the orchestra become more malleable as an ensemble. We had the opportunity to try things and do things differently for different performances. The repertoire choices were great to play and fit the performance opportunities well.” People who attended the performances were further engaged in a post-concert session where they could ask questions of our music director, flute soloist, and a retired music professor who is a violinist in the orchestra and the author of our program notes. The notes provided basic information about each piece, so the post-concert sessions allowed people to ask all kinds of questions and gain additional information. Orchestral performances are often one-way presentations; the discussion allowed audience members to get to know some of the performers and learn more about the pieces, instruments, and roles. 2: Executive Director Sara Buechmann chose the locations based on feasibility, receptivity, and perceived need. Time and budget constraints prevented us from travelling farther or offering more than three tour performances. Morton offered to host a concert when we were seeking venues for the Dakota Music Tour in 2010. Because it was in the same vicinity as the Upper and Lower Sioux Reservations we visited previously, and because of the Native American music programmed as part of the tour, we hoped to attract some of the same audience. New Ulm was chosen because it is a community that is near Mankato, yet seems disproportionately underserved by the Orchestra. Although several of our musicians come from New Ulm, we do not see a corresponding portion of our audience come from that region. The New Ulm performance was an attempt to reach out to that community. Blue Earth, a rural community with a thriving concert series, had approached us in the past. But without grant assistance, we had been unable to hire an orchestra to perform there.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Jack Alexander, Fritz Anderson, Missy Blue, Sandy Giles, Curt, Gruhl, Peg Hanson, Art Kenyon, Jim Magnusson, Joan Norgaard, Jude Rooney, Michael Rudquist, Michael Way
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Mankato Symphony Orchestra Association AKA Mankato Symphony Orchestra
Street Address
523 S 2nd St PO Box 645
Zip Code
(507) 625-8880
Administered By
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