Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Music Coalition
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2012
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
The Minnesota Music Coalition will produce and promote the second annual Caravan Du Nord, a statewide tour of performances and workshops featuring established and emerging independent musicians and bands to fine arts venues.
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.

Measurable Outcome(s)

A1 and 2: Minnesota professional artists and arts organizations have more opportunities to tour their work throughout the state. The Minnesota Music Coalition Caravan du Nord served nearly twice as many artists as we anticipated, with 92 individuals participating as solo artists and band members throughout the eight city tour. In 2012, we were approached by numerous artists who were interested in being part of our organization and project after the success of the 2011 Caravan du Nord. We selected artists for this tour based on quality, diversity of musical genres, and fit" with each host community. 2: B1 and 2. Three of the eight stops on the 2nd Caravan du Nord were new partnerships for the Minnesota Music Coalition, and all of the artists on this tour (with one exception, Rogue Valley) were first time participants in this project. Many artists were performing for the first time in a fine arts venue. As one of our artists responded on her post tour survey: "Being given the opportunity to perform in a theatre where people actually listen to the songs and the stories behind the songs is something I really appreciate." Survey results from a post project artist survey revealed that 64% of the 2012 Caravan du Nord artists had never performed in the communities or venues in which they appeared as part of this project. We used a Survey Monkey online tool to verify participation and our ability to achieve this goal. As one artist stated: "I enjoyed playing in a large historic theater. Our band made some interesting connections and had the best time on our last night of tour."

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Tony Mendoza (Chair), Mark Wheat (Vice Chair), Sean Dowse (Treasurer), Beth Burns (Secretary), Mark Gehring, Chuck Hermes, Chris Osgood, Mark Stutrud, Andrew Volna.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Music Coalition
Street Address
75 W 5th St Ste 402
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 347-1662
Administered By
Administered by

Griggs Midway Building, Suite 304,
540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

(651) 539-2650 or toll-free (800) 866-2787
Email the Agency