Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
April 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details

Cantus will perform its program, A Place for Us, in Bemidji, Glenwood, and Wadena. Open rehearsals in each community will share best practices in working collaboratively.

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 Contact

Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600

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)

Cantus tours to cities in Minnesota that would normally not be able to afford the ensemble. Wadena, Bemidji and Glenwood host Cantus in spring 2014 in concert and a free open rehearsal. 2: Cantus provides experience and support in helping small Minnesota arts organizations increase audience size and knowledge. Sales reports will provide information on audience size; audience surveys will provide new knowledge about audience (age, interests, address, etc.) to arts presenters.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Cantus tours to cities that would not normally be able to afford the ensemble. In April 2014, the cities of Wadena, Bemidji and Glenwood welcomed Cantus to their respective venues for a performance of the program, A Place For Us. At each venue, audiences were larger than anticipated and received standing ovations at each performance. Cantus provided an open rehearsal experience in Glenwood and visited the schools of Bemidji, Staples Motley and Minnewaska to provide coaching for their choral programs. Our report from Bemidji says that there was lots of gratitude for coming up to Bemidji. In Glenwood, another grateful Minnesota crowd. They have maintained this building as a performing arts center and art gallery…which for a town of 2000 is rather impressive. From Wadena, lots of photographs and autographs for students. The students gave us an instant standing ovation and when Gary went over to announce the encore one girl yelled Yay it worked! 2: Cantus provides experience and support in helping small Minnesota arts organizations increase audience size and knowledge. Two of our three presenters were well established and had the capacity to host Cantus. Our third presenter had lost her planning committee over the past year so Cantus was particularly helpful to her in preparing for the concert. For all three cities, Cantus provided extensive publicity support, Minnesota Public Radio on-air sponsorship and outreach to the schools. In addition to needed support of the arts in the schools, outreach helps with audience ticket sales as well.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Wendy Holmes, Karl Reichert, Noel McCormick, Tom Northenscold, Adam Reinwald, Matthew Tintes, Doug Affinito, Amanda Davisson, David Ranheim, Jean Parish, Marit Nowlin, James Dorsey, Chuck Peterson, Julie Carver, Martha Graber, Libby Larsen, Brock Metzer, Don Ristad, Barb Thomas
Project Manager
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Street Address
1221 Nicollet Ave Ste 231
Zip Code
(612) 435-0046x 2
Administered By
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Griggs Midway Building, Suite 304,
540 Fairview Avenue North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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