Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Northern Lights Music Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
July 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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. We evaluated the number of productions, the inclusion of Minnesota artists in our programs, and audience numbers.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Northern Lights Music Festival toured both chamber music and opera productions to Duluth, Chisholm, Virginia and Ely. Minnesota artists were included in both the chamber music and opera performances, with a payroll or more than $40,000 for freelance players and singers who live on the Iron Range, in the Duluth area, and in the Twin Cities. In Duluth, Duluth musicians were included in the chamber music program: Jeremy Craycraft, percussion professor at the College of Saint Scholastica, and his protégé, Chris Belich, were the percussionists for the Minnesota/United States premiere of Nikolai Kapustin’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion. In Virginia, opera star Yevgeny Shapovalov created a sing-along with the audience. In Ely, Minnesota chamber musicians had an opportunity to perform in a professional venue. The opera chorus included more than thirty Minnesota amateur and professional singers from the region, standing shoulder to shoulder with professional artists from around the world. A pre-opera lecture was provided at every location, attended by more than 300 persons. The increase in audience size at the lectures was immensely important to us, showing that our audiences are eager for more educational programming. 2: Chisholm was a new community to us, and the attendance and interest at every level--civic and musical—was gratifying. We sold 350 tickets in this first effort. The Chisholm auditorium is very large, and we had hoped for a higher number; however, the Chisholm administration informed us that we had the highest attendance in recent memory for an event held in that venue. We look to the West Range as an area for further development, artistically and administratively. We have already identified board members from the Chisholm/Hibbing/Pengilly areas who have expressed interest in supporting our organization and its activities.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
OFFICERS--Jon R. Campbell, Chair; Richard K. Davis, Immediate Past Chair; Steven C. Kennedy, Treasurer; Nancy E. Lindahl, Secretary; Michael Henson, President and CEO. LIFE DIRECTORS--Nicky B. Carpenter, Kathy Cunningham, Luella G. Goldberg, Douglas W. Leatherdale, Ronald E. Lund, Betty Myers, Marilyn C. Nelson, Dale R. Olseth, Rosalynd Pflaum. DIRECTORS EMERITI--Margaret D. Ankeny, Andrew Czajkowski, Dolly J. Fiterman, Beverly Grossman, Karen H. Hubbard, Hella Mears Hueg, Joan A. Mondale, Susan Platou. DIRECTORS--Emily Backstrom, Karen Baker, Michael D. Belzer, David L. Boehnen, Patrick Bowe, Margaret A. Bracken, Barbara E. Burwell, Mari Carlson, Laura Chin, Jan M. Conlin, Kenneth L. Cutler, James Damian, Jonathan F. Eisele, Jack W. Eugster, D. Cameron Findlay, Ben Fowke, Franck Gougeon, Paul D. Grangaard, Jane P. Gregerson, Susan Hagstrum, Jayne C. Hilde, Karen Himle, Shadra Hogan, Mary L. Holmes, Jay V. Ihlenfeld, Philip Isaacson, Lloyd Kepple, Michael Klingensmith, Mary Lazarus, Kelly Leischow, Allen Lenzmeier, John T. Machuzick, Warren E. Mack, Harvey B. Mackay, James C. Melville, Eric Mercer, Anne W. Miller, Hugh Miller, Anita M. Pampusch, Eric H. Paulson, Chris Policinski, Teri E. Popp, Gregory J. Pulles, Judy Ranheim, Jon W. Salveson, Jo Ellen Saylor, Sally J. Smith, Gordon M. Sprenger, Mary S. Sumners, Georgia Thompson, Maxine Houghton Wallin, John Whaley, David S. Wichmann, John Wilgers, Theresa Wise, Paul Zeller.
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
The Northern Lights Music FestivalÆs Chamber Players will tour three professional chamber music concerts in Duluth, Ely, and Virginia, and will tour the fully staged production with full orchestra and chorus of LeoncavalloÆs Pagliacci to Chisholm and Ely.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Northern Lights Music Festival
Street Address
PO Box 147
Zip Code
(856) 795-1830
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