Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rolf C. Erdahl
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
April 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Otter Tail
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)

We will have more opportunities to tour our work throughout Minnesota, including touring to communities and regions we haven't previously visited. Evaluation of touring successes includes documenting audience reach at events, and media penetration in interviews, and press clips, and Web analytics of our OboeBass website and Facebook page. Increased visibility can be as important as attendance. 2: More community and nonprofit organizations become involved in presenting touring artists and arts organizations. This is already achieved by reaching out to libraries, church series, and performing arts centers that stretched their programming to include chamber music performed by an OboeBass Duo. Presenter surveys will ask about plans for future chamber music programming.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Prior to this tour, we had never performed in the towns of Lake Crystal, Mapleton, Mankato, New York Mills, St. Peter, or Bigfork. In areas previously visited, such as Ely (2006), and towns served by the Great River Regional Libraries, we played for new audiences, particularly where we reached new students rising through the schools in our outreach activities, or performed programs we had not previously presented. Outcomes were very positive, with respectable audience sizes, good media coverage, and promising contacts for future endeavors. Evaluation Google Analytics for the grant period showed 250 sessions coming from regions reached by our tour, amounting to 22% of our total website activity, comparable to the percentage of our total activities encompassed by this tour. Age demographics were roughly one third each in age ranges 0-24, 25-34, and above 35. 2: Most presenters involved were new to us and had not presented an ensemble of our nature before. Booking us almost by definition stretches their usual programming. We involved arts center coordinators, teachers, librarians, and church concert series organizers in bringing our programs to fruition, including making contacts with area media to publicize the arts activities supported by this grant. We believe we’ve consistently met or exceeded their expectations, and we’ve been inspired by the enthusiastic participation and support we find for the arts throughout our travels. Presenters conveyed their evaluations in email responses, sample attached.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
OboeBass, the Vecchione/Erdahl duo, will partner with six presenters in a 24-program tour of recitals and Pages of Music with Rolf and Carrie educational programs, touring seventeen communities across Minnesota.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rolf C. Erdahl
(651) 319-1413
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