Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Mixed Blood Theatre Company
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
March 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lake of the Woods
Otter Tail
St. Louis
Lake of the Woods
Otter Tail
St. Louis
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Mixed Blood will tour six productions for eighteen performances in Minnesota communities to promote pluralism throughout the region, serve vulnerable Minnesotans, and provoke discussion and education about cultural competence.
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. More community and nonprofit organizations become involved in presenting touring artists and arts organizations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Arts Tour Minnesota funding provided resources for 16 Minnesota artists to share their talents with 1108 residents in nine counties across the state. Mixed Blood's goal was to tour six productions for 18 performances in Minnesota to promote pluralism throughout the region, serve vulnerable Minnesotans, and provoke discussion about cultural competence. This year, the theatre produced four total touring shows. Legacy funding provided for 19 performances of these plays in communities across the state. Ken LaZebnik’s Theory of Mind was selected for its sensitive, yet unsentimental portrait of a young adult on the autism spectrum. Warren C. Bowels’ African America was selected for its value to Minnesotans and for its exploration connectivity and celebration of one’s heritage. Bowels’ Dr. King’s Dream was selected for its historical significance and popularity with patrons. Syl Jones’ Daughters of Africa was included in the tour for its exuberant, music-driven celebration of African-American women’s triumphs and accomplishments. Director of Touring, Charlie Moore, has built an extensive network of Minnesota community organizations, educational institutions, theatres, civic centers, and cultural centers with which to partner. Presenting locations were selected by their need and interest and included Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington, Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, Historic Holmes Theater in Detroit Lakes, Vermillion Community College in Ely, Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, Central Square Cultural and Civic Center in Glenwood, Pequana Playhouse in Baudette, A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls, Regional Cultural Center in New York Mills, Delano High School in Delano, and Battle Lake High School in Battle Lake. A tour package including dramaturgical and promotional materials was provided to hosts of touring shows, in an effort for artists to best communicate with the audience how art serves a social and historical purpose. Each community contact was asked to provide Mixed Blood with their promotional strategies. Most often, organizers engaged audiences via on-site signage, posters, newspaper columns, social media and newsletters. Public performances were often held for adults in towns where students experienced the same plays in school. This was done to give families the opportunity to see the same plays, linking arts to whole communities. 2: Mixed Blood brought plays to venerable, culturally isolated Minnesota communities who have not previously had access to these specific tour offerings. Public performance organizers and audiences were surveyed at each Arts Tour performance to assess their objective and subjective perspectives. 35% of respondents had never been to an arts activity at the performance site, meaning they were exposed to Minnesota art in a new, local location for the first time. All organizers rated the tour's performances and their interactions with Mixed Blood personnel as very good or excellent. These plays are an extension of the Educational Touring program that brings inclusive, challenging plays to schools around the greater Midwest. Artistic Director Jack Rueler selects plays according to their ability to be accessible to many, while portraying stories that may not typically be shown on the stage. Theatre staff works with community hosts to create promotional and dramaturgical tools to engage target communities. Actors answer audience post-performance questions about the plays or about their methods as actors. Surveys are provided to hosts and audience members in order to provide communities with the opportunity to evaluate their experiences.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Ron McKinley, Tabitha Montgomery, Eric Hyde, Molly Bott, Warren Bowles, Deb Bryan, Yolanda Cotterall, Sheila Gore Dennis, Shalini Gupta, K David Hirschey, David Ginter, Nancy Koo, Robert Lunning, Susan P. Mackay, Jeff McCullum, Jack Reuler, Leah Sixkiller, Gauri Vardhan Yedla, Charles A ôChadö Weinstein, Amanda White Thietje
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
White Thietje
Organization Name
Mixed Blood Theatre Company
Street Address
1501 S 4th St
Zip Code
(612) 338-0984
Administered By
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