Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
The College of Saint Scholastica
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Start Date
August 2013
End Date
April 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
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)

The three artists will positively impact a new audience of 1,000 people: 400 for Rhythmic Circus; and 300 each for Connie Evingson and Amerikan Poijat. At each performance we will record attendance, ask attendees to complete an evaluation form (which includes age and residence) and have a poster board and post-it note method to measure pre-and post-performance moods. 2: Artists will impart music and dance skills and enthusiasm to 55 youth, including 20 high school choir members and 35 dance studio students. Teachers and choir directors will record attendance at the workshops. They will also complete a survey that includes their evaluation of the experience and a compilation of individual student reactions.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Attendance at Rhythmic Circus exceeded our goal by over 42%, with a sold-out show of 571. The Connie Evingson and Ameriikan Poijat performances hosted audiences of 200 each, attendances below the projected goal of 300 per concert. However, with workshop attendance of 35, we did meet our goal of impacting over 1,000 area residents. 2: Outcome 2 was to provide vocal and dance workshops to 55 students, including choral students and a dance studio. Connie Evingson provided a workshop for 35 choral students at the College. Local high school choirs were invited but did not attend due to transportation costs and tighter restrictions for missing regular classes. In the workshop, Evingson encouraged students to develop their individual styles and discussed what made some of the great jazz artists' styles unique. She described the characteristics present in jazz, demonstrating techniques such as phrasing and rhythm, and concluded the class by listening to the group and soloists perform and offering feedback. The master class by Rhythmic Circus with a local dance studio was cancelled due to changes in Rhythmic Circus' schedule. We invited the dance school to perform with another professional dance company in our schedule. They completed a workshop with the professional dancers and performed a number as part of that program.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
James Nasland, Karen Nasland, Virginia Berger, Mark Berger, Don Martens, Gail Martens, Oliver Meyer, Benjamin Bertsch, Stephen Abernathy, Sarah Kroska, Donna Kirk, Kate Kucinski, Scott Pike, Sally Rogers, Kay Colby, Sue Maki, Mike Hanson
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
The College of Saint Scholastica will present three performances by Minnesota artists Rhythmic Circus, Connie Evingson, and Ameriikan Poijat. There will be two youth workshops: tap dancing, and jazz styling aimed at high school choirs.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
The College of Saint Scholastica
Street Address
1200 Kenwood Ave
Zip Code
(218) 723-6631
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