Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Margaret S. McCreary AKA Margo McCreary
Recipient Type
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Otter Tail
St. Louis
Otter Tail
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Margaret McCreary will perform a puppet show, Diggity Dog Days, a full-length puppet show for adults, in Duluth, Wykoff, New York Mills, and Grand Marais.
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.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We performed six shows, two workshops in senior centers, two puppetry workshops for children and families, and one music theater workshop for adults. We had audience members fill out surveys at the end of the show, we had surveys for the presenters to give feedback, and surveys for Margo to assess the presenters. Evaluation of Diggity Dog Days with surveys distributed at each of the six shows. I had 96 respondents out of a total audience of 153 for the six shows. One of the hopes I had in presenting my puppet show was to expose more people to the art of puppetry. 34% of the respondents had never seen puppetry before, 51% had occasionally seen puppet shows and 9% had seen puppetry often. Though I did not ask directly whether people who had not seen puppetry would attend another show, I gleaned from their subjective comments that they enjoyed the show. (i.e.: “wonderful, just wonderful”; “I was really caught up in the movement.”; “It was excellent.”) As it turned out, half of the people who had seen puppetry “often” attended the show in Grand Marais where there is a strong interest in the art of puppetry. I performed the show in four very different venues; I asked the question, “Did attending this production foster a deeper connection for you with your community?” The results were that 54% responded yes, 8% responded no, and 37% were unsure or left the space blank. At the two most grass roots venues, Dream Acres Farm and Betsy’s Studio: What’s Upstairs, 65% and 75% respectively responded positively about the sense of community fostered. The Playground in Duluth, 45% responded positively, and in New York Mills 40% responded positively. As far as the response of my presenters, it was very positive, and I was told that I would be welcome to come back at Dream Acres and New York Mills. 2: Margo McCreary toured to four locations where she has never performed before. She performed a total of six shows and with the help of Marya Hart, offered six workshops one of which did not happen for lack of participants. (Margo made up that workshop by teaching a puppetry workshop in the library in Spring Valley the town next to Wykoff.) She provided opportunity for two musicians to tour with her, along with lighting technicians. With help from evaluator, John Munger, who developed tools, Margo provided surveys at each performance for audience response. Presenters and Margo were also given surveys to assess the program at each site.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Margaret S. McCreary AKA Margo McCreary
(612) 735-7296
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