Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ragamala Dance
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
March 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Two public performances and five additional days of educational outreach in Northfield, and Saint Peter will bring RagamalaÆs work to underserved areas and educate new audiences about the arts culture of India.
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)

Ragamala presented public performances and community outreach activities in Northfield and St Peter, Minnesota. In Northfield, we performed our signature work “Sacred Earth” at Saint Olaf College, along with a Bharatanatyam class for advanced dance students from the college’s Dance Department and local Division Street Dance school; a folk dance class for college students and community members; a visual art workshop for the college and general community; and a folk dance class offered at the Northfield Senior Wellness Center in partnership with the Northfield Arts Guild. In St Peter, we presented our newest work, “1,001 Buddhas: Journey of the Gods” at Gustavus Adolphus College, along with two assemblies for K-4 students at South Elementary School; and a drumming workshop by guest artists Wadaiko Ensemble Tokara promoted to college percussionists, the St Peter High School band, and the Saint Peter Governaires drum corps. Outcomes were evaluated via participant comments and feedback from community partners. 2: In St Peter, we formed a new partnership with Gustavus Adolphus College, allowing us to tour to a community we hadn’t previously visited. In Northfield, we renewed our partnership with Saint Olaf (where we hadn’t performed in over ten years), while deepening our ties to a community with whom we have been building a relationship since 1995 (mostly through a partnership with Carleton College). We evaluated our success through feedback from our partners. Gustavus Dance professor Michele Rusinko wrote, “I heard many, many great things following the performance. I went to the Saint Peter Food Co-op for lunch today, and the manager went out of her way to thank me for helping make it possible.” Al Behrends, Director of Fine Arts, wrote, “The reaction from the [K-12] school audiences was wonderful. I really loved it when they immediately reacted with their hands when the demonstration explained how words are formed by the hands in the dance.”

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Aparna Ramaswamy, Briar Andresen, Nithya Balakrishnan, Janine Munson, Padma Naidu, Rachel Soffer, Noel Stave, Sunitha Varadhan, James Wilkinson
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ragamala Dance
Street Address
711 W Lake St Ste 309
Zip Code
(612) 964-9213
Administered By
Administered by

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540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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