Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Singers Minnesota Choral Artists AKA The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
June 2012
End Date
March 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
Crow Wing
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists will work with new community partners in Brainerd and Saint Cloud to offer master classes and collaborative public performances with local student choirs.
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)

The Singers toured to two greater Minnesota locations, St Cloud and Brainerd, and partnered with community organizations to present choral concerts. The Singers rehearsed and performed side-to-side with students. Evaluation included individual discussions between the two parties which were reported to Artistic Director and tour coordinator. The Singers were available after the concerts for questions and comments. Ticket sellers at Brainerd asked each patron about how they knew about the concert. They collected email addresses increasing our visibility in the area. Artistic and administrative staff members traveled to each location prior to the tour, to meet in person with our partners in each community and do a site visit" to anticipate any production needs. The Singers worked with choirs in each location, rehearsing ad performing collaboratively. Our project partners were involved with scheduling and identifying space for rehearsals; serving as concert venues; providing limited volunteer support; consulting on the final repertoire choices; and assisting to a limited degree with event publicity. Partner choir members received complimentary tickets to distribute within the community, making use of existing social networks. 2: The Singers organization hopes to build on the musical and educational successes seen in both St Cloud and Brainerd. By teaming with Saint Cloud State University, The Singers presented a solo program while also standing with nearly 300 high school and collegiate singers in an educational outreach setting. Response from the Saint Cloud State University partners was very positive. In Brainerd, The Singers paired with the A Cappella Choir from Brainerd High School, and again this shoulder-to-shoulder experience was overwhelmingly positive. Brian Stubbs, conductor of the Brainerd High School choir claimed it to be one of the most exciting musical collaborations that the students have experienced. These verbal conversations after the events were the primary source of feedback on outcomes and presentations. The partner organizations for this project have been all been active and important supporters of choral music and artistic collaboration within their communities. The Singers' Founder and Artistic Director, Matthew Culloton, is originally from St Cloud and has many acquaintances in the local choral community, which helps to create a successful collaborative program with a lot of local support. Saint Cloud State University is in its fifth year of hosting the "Big Sing" festival, and because of this grant, our Artistic Director was able to serve as guest conductor this year, along with The Singers as guest artists. The Brainerd A Cappella Choir is a decades-old institution that has long been recognized as one of the strongest high school-level choral programs in the state."

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Dean Gesme, Maureen Armstrong, JohnSteinke, Craig Carnahan, Carolyn Collins, Patrick Hipwell, Mary Kirchner, Gary Lehr, Nancy Rotenberry, Cynthia Tambornino, Greta Wicker
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Singers Minnesota Choral Artists AKA The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists
Street Address
528 Hennepin Ave Ste 303
Zip Code
(651) 917-1948
Administered By
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540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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