Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ballet Works, Inc. AKA James Sewell Ballet
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
April 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lac qui Parle
St. Louis
Lac qui Parle
St. Louis
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
James Sewell Ballet will tour Lover and "Your Move" to eight Minnesota venues, featuring dance, live music, and audience participation in movement creativity.
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: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. 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
Jeffery Amundson: Executive Director, Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale; Adrienne Dorn: Director of Development, The Cedar Cultural Center; Stephanie Eichman: President of the Board of Directors; Minnesota Dance Ensemble; Christine Gradl Seitz: Executive and Artistic Director, Duluth Playhouse; Andrew Maus: Executive Director, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona; Margaret McCreary: Puppeteer, artist/educator; James Scott: General Manager, Guthrie Theater, contracts and negotiations; Iris Shiraishi: Artistic Director, Mu Daiko; taiko drumming/music; Robert Thomas III: Associate Director of Development and Company Manager, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona
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

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

James Sewell Ballet will collaborate with other high caliber professional artists in the eight Minnesota touring cities to present Lover. Musical guest artists are intended highlights of the Lover production. Beyond enhancing the quality of the production through collaboration, professional artists will be sharing their art form with new audiences. 2: James Sewell Ballet will work and engage with presenters to introduce people to contemporary ballet in eight touring destinations throughout Minnesota. James Sewell Ballet will ensure success with this outcome by working with presenters in advance of visits. One measure of achievement will be how James Sewell Ballet and the presenters work together to include audience members in the artistic product, Your Move.

Measurable Outcome(s)

James Sewell Ballet toured the proposed Lover/Your Move Tour to eight greater Minnesota communities: Staples, Red Wing, Dawson, Austin, Grand Rapids, Luverne, Faribault and Duluth. Not only did we reach new Minnesota communities – and others locations not visited in many years – but we brought our unique contemporary work along with prominent Twin Cities’ song and theater artists on the tour with us and featured in the Lover work. This was a treat for audiences, and they told us so! Your Move was the other piece on the program. We were able to reach out to the local dance communities, solicit video of Their Moves in advance, and include their specific movement and dance participation in the staged productions at each location. Many of the local participants expressed genuine thanks and were thrilled to be involved with the James Sewell Ballet artists in this high level engagement. We did seek feedback from people attending performances via verbal and survey response to know we made a significant impact. 2: Our efforts to work with the selected presenting communities was an outgrowth of James Sewell Ballet’s participation in a Minnesota Presenters’ Conference the year before. Since that was the platform to pre-determine interest in the Lover/Your Move Tour that we completed, James Sewell Ballet’s Artistic and Executive Directors spoke with venue representatives at the original conference. That gave us the confidence and opportunity well in advance to know we had reliable and networked partners that could make our plans successful, in both reaching and involving dance audiences. Beyond our presenting partners in the eight communities, we also reached out to local dance schools and instructors to plan our activities and maximize results with the Your Move work. We got excellent feedback about the experience from the actual participants. We can effectively use this approach in other Minnesota communities in the future.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
L Tom Anderson, Laura Bednarski, Paula Claire, Jayne Emory, Dean Genth, Joanne Gordon, Kelly Kita, James McCarthy, Jenny Lind Nilsson, Martin Rigney, Kevin Smith, Steven Suckow, George Sutton, Michelle Wirtz
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ballet Works, Inc. AKA James Sewell Ballet
Street Address
528 Hennepin Ave Ste 215
Zip Code
(612) 672-0480
Administered By
Administered by

Griggs Midway Building, Suite 304,
540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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