Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
College of Saint Benedict AKA College of Saint Benedict Fine Arts Programming
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
August 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details

The College of Saint Benedict will present a free outdoor concert series, Sunset Stages at Saint Ben's, featuring five Minnesota artists, to engage the St Joseph community in summer arts activities. The College of Saint Benedict will also increase seating capacity to address the popularity of this series.

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
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)

This project will expand audiences for the artists booked on this series. In the summer of 2012, 57% of audiences were unfamiliar with the artists who performed in this series. The College of Saint Benedict will survey audiences to find out if they were familiar with the artist at each performance. 2: This project will bring high quality arts programming to Saint Joseph residents during the summer months, a time when the city has few performance options. The College of Saint Benedict will use attendance numbers and survey results to evaluate this outcome. During the summer of 2012, 50% of audiences came from within 10 miles of the College of Saint Benedict.

Measurable Outcome(s)

College of Saint Benedict surveyed audiences at all five Sunset Stages at Saint Ben's concerts. Audience surveys indicated that 60% of audiences had never seen the artists before and another 31% indicated they had only seen the performers 1-5 times so these audiences were, by and large, unfamiliar with the artists presented. Cumulatively, College of Saint Benedict collected surveys from 20% of audiences over the course of five performances. 2: This project did meet the outcome of bringing high quality arts programming to Saint Joseph during the summer months. Audience surveys indicated that 44% of the audience lived within ten miles of the College of Saint Benedict, with another 28% living within twenty miles.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Karen Backes, Brian Campbell, Jean Beckel, Mimi Bitzan, Leigh Dillard, Louann Dummich, Dave Earp, Colleen Hollinger Petters, Ken Jones, Laura Malhotra, Mark McGowan, Rick Odenthal, Sue Palmer, Gustavo Pena, Chris Rasmussen, Joe Rogers, Marie Sanderson, Andrea Shaker, Arno Shermock, Jerry Wetterling, Brandyn Woodward
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
College of Saint Benedict AKA College of Saint Benedict Fine Arts Programming
Street Address
37 College Ave S PO Box 2000
Zip Code
(320) 363-5030
Administered By
Administered by

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

(651) 539-2650 or toll-free (800) 866-2787
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