Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
William C. McLaughlin
Recipient Type
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
March 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
William McLaughlin will tour his original music, Fingerstyle guitar technique, arrangements of traditional Christmas music and story, with six communities in greater Minnesota, through performance and educational workshops.
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)

1. I am a native Minnesotan who has toured all over the globe and yet, I have not played in many communities in Minnesota. I do not expect people from Austin or Braham or Duluth to drive to the Twin Cities to hear me perform. I could not accomplish my dream of sharing my music across Minnesota without the funding of the legacy grant, to reach people who are much too far from the metro to hear me play. The grant allowed me to deliver the music to the communities and, through my various outreach programs. 2. The evaluation forms - I have 331 evaluation forms from every community that we visited. A statistical breakdown of the responses is overwhelmingly positive. 2: I asked our audiences if they had ever heard me before. The percentage of new listeners created by the Legacy grant is approximately 65% according to those evaluation forms. 3. It was important for me to find presenting partners who had an interest in my music and what my original music, arrangements of traditional Christmas music and my story with focal dystonia had to offer – a high-quality arts experience along with an inspirational and motivational message in regards to overcoming hidden handicaps and/or obstacles. While seeking out presenting partners, I and my booking agent, made sure to connect with partners who had access to venues that were appropriate for a fine arts listening environment. The venues were therefore equipped with appropriate lighting and PA systems, along with handicap accessibility and a staff of employees or volunteers who were able to help in the production of a fine arts performance. Particularly, we sought out communities that continue to have a music education program in their school system. This allowed me to connect with those school districts via arts learning programs in conjunction with the public performances. 4. I looked for communities that I've never had an opportunity. Through the Legacy grant, I believe I have created a footprint to return successfully to those communities because of our performance.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
William C. McLaughlin
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