Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Central Square, Inc. AKA Central Square Cultural and Civic Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
March 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Central Square, in Glenwood, will present the world-famous tenor J. Mark McVey and singer/songwriter John Gorka in concert, along with a number of community engagement activities, such as, workshops, performances in area nursing homes and schools, and a flash mob music event in downtown Glenwood.
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)

At least 350 children and community singers will experience the joy of meeting, listening to, and learning from J. Mark McVey, a professional singer who has toured all over the world. We will ask the church choirs and community singers to complete a written survey about their experience with J. Mark McVey following their practice with him and Central Square board members will tape interviews with elementary students on what they learned about music and singing after Mr. McVey has visited their classroom. 2: 25-30 local amateur musicians and songwriters will enhance their skills as a result of participating in a workshop with Minnesota singer/songwriter John Gorka. At the start of John Gorka's workshop we will gather data about the local musicians and ask them to state their hopes and expectations for songwriting, singing or playing guitar. After the workshop they will complete a written survey to determine how well their needs and interests were met.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Central Square presented a workshop for community singers, members of area church choirs and students at which internationally known Tenor J. Mark McVey talked about his artistic process, his career journey and gave valuable suggestions on vocal technique. 32 workshop participants of all ages learned about the rigors of performing and touring in major musical theater productions, such as Mr. McVey did while performing in his role as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Several people in attendance took advantage of the opportunity to sing a prepared piece for Mr. McVey after which he gave each of them encouraging feedback and suggestions on how to improve. We felt the workshop content and attendance exceeded expectations. Participants were asked to complete a written evaluation concerning the value of their experience with the artist. A sample of the format is enclosed. John Gorka also gave a workshop as well as performing two mini-concerts for the residents in the Minnewaska Lutheran Home and the students of the Day Treatment program in Starbuck. This population of older and younger Pope County residents seldom get a chance to enjoy high quality arts programming. John's 3 hour workshop was attended by 22 local musicians and other interested people, declared to be music lovers rather than practitioners. John shared his songwriting process and sources of inspiration, after which he sang the song to which he had been referring. People loved that. Workshop participants were invited to perform their own original songs for John and the group. It was an intimate setting and several amateur songwriters took advantage of the offer. They all completed a written evaluation following the workshop, giving John and the experience very positive comments. A sample evaluation is included in the packet of materials enclosed with this final report.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Karen Martinson, Dorothy Jenum, Tom Olejnicak, Sandra Josephs, Elaine Dobbs, Pam Knutson, Lori Zellman, Michael Pattee
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Central Square, Inc. AKA Central Square Cultural and Civic Center
Street Address
105 2nd Ave NE
Zip Code
(320) 634-0400
Administered By
Administered by

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

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