Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
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
Zeitgeist will tour For the Birds, a new work for chamber ensemble and narration, with music by Victor Zupanc and text by Kevin Kling, to two communities in Minnesota.
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)

Zeitgeist presented our production, For the Birds by Victor Zupanc and Kevin Kling, in four Minnesota communities throughout Minnesota. For the Birds was developed by Zeitgeist, Kling, and Zupanc in 2010 and has been the main vehicle through which we introduce our work to greater Minnesota audiences ever since. In each community we visited through this project, we encountered audiences a bit familiar with Kling but very unfamiliar with the work of Victor Zupanc and Zeitgeist. In each community, our production was an artistic success and increased the visibility of all of our artists. We evaluated the artistic success of our production based on the feedback of our artists, discussions with our presenters, and feedback from our audience members. Our artistic team gathered this feedback from discussions with presenters and audience members after each performance. For the Birds toured to Menahga (Menahga High School), Park Rapids (Calvary Lutheran Church), Alexandria (Theatre L’Homme Dieu), and Owatonna (Owatonna Arts Center). Created with the small community presenter in mind, For the Birds is highly accessible to a wide range of audience members and is technically hassle-free for venues to present. Plus, with the inclusion of Kevin Kling as our featured performer, For the Birds is easy to promote to audiences. For the Birds is the most accessible new music show that Zeitgeist has developed, and we have been using it to introduce our work to small communities throughout Minnesota. We selected each community because we had not had the opportunity to perform in each before and are seeking to develop audiences throughout Minnesota. With regard to engaging audiences, we worked with each of our presenting organizations to create awareness of For the Birds within the community. In each community, posters were displayed throughout the business district and local papers or radio stations featured interviews with our artists. These measures worked very well. One of the advantages of presenting in a small community is that media is accessible to the community and creating awareness for local happenings is manageable and relatively inexpensive. After each performance, Zeitgeist and our artists were available to discuss the work and answer questions. Audiences were receptive and engaged and we note that several from each performance either signed up for our email list or our Facebook page. 2: Through this project, Zeitgeist visited four communities that we had not visited previously. In doing so, we were hoping to begin building connections with audiences in each community and strengthen our relationship with each presenter. Our goal was to visit each community with an accessible and attractive production that would attract audiences and be easy for our presenters to present and promote. Each of our presenters has indicated that they would have Zeitgeist back again, and we even have nascent plans to develop new programming with one of them. As to audiences, discussions with audience members after each show indicated that they found the show delightful and deeply meaningful and that they would look forward to another visit by Zeitgeist to their community. At each location, several audience members did sign up for our mailing list or Facebook page. More remarkably, we’ve had audience members that first encountered us on this For the Birds tour attend Zeitgeist events at Studio Z in St Paul. We weren’t anticipating that positive outcome. On the other hand, we were hoping to attract more audience members on our first trip to each of these communities. While some of this shortfall was because we made a change in our project that placed us in smaller communities, we still had hoped for 25%-35% more people in each location with the exception of Alexandria. In each community, the presenter had a great deal of input into what our activities would entail. We were available for outreach activities, and each venue elected to include a post-concert discussion and reception as part of their activities. In Alexandria, we were able to make this a formal question and answer affair, but in the other communities, this interaction was more informal.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Heather Barringer, Jeff Gram, Brett Wartchow, Philip Blackburn, Craig Sinard, Pat OÆKeefe, Carleton Macy, Carrie Henneman Shaw, Zachary Crockett
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Street Address
275 E 4th St Ste 200
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 755-1600
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