Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Luverne G. Seifert
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
August 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Le Sueur
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)

Seven professional Twin Cities artists will tour to three greater Minnesota communities, leading workshops and performing shows for about 1,500 greater Minnesota residents. This outcome will be evaluated by tracking the number of artists who go on tour, the number of towns we visit, and the number of performances we present. 2: At least ten community/nonprofit organizations will be involved in presenting a site-specific theater project in their communities. This outcome will be evaluated by tracking the number of community and nonprofit organizations we collaborate with in presenting the workshops, auditions, and performances.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Seven professional actors performed The Visit production fifteen times in Albert Lea, Blue Earth, and East Grand Forks over a three week period in three Minnesota communities. In addition to performing, the professional actors coached, directed and taught acting skills to 33 community actors and musicians who performed alongside the professional performers. Seifert and Engen also conducted seven workshops in surrounding areas in order to identify the community artists. Not only were the professional actors given an opportunity to tour their work, but they also engaged in a high level of community interaction by offering juggling classes, and vocal/acting coaching. Professional artists were selected because of their devising abilities, their desire to work with community actors and their high quality standards. They were chosen based on their body of work and overall reputation. The locations were selected based active community theater organizations and fit with the production. 2: In this tour we visited Albert Lea and East Grand Forks (not previously visited) and toured, for a second year, to Blue Earth. We met and worked closely with new arts organizations in Albert Lea and East Grand Forks. In Blue Earth we were able to utilize our existing relationships and reputation. In each of the communities we developed several key relationships with nonprofit arts organizations such as community theaters and boards of the historical museums. In each location, we were able to leverage advice and knowledge to carry out all production activities. We tracked our activities by recording the no-profit agencies and organizations we worked alongside in order to carry out the rehearsals and performances.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Seifert will present a site-specific adaptation of The Visit, featuring professional and local actors and musicians, at historic villages in three greater Minnesota communities in summer 2013.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Luverne G. Seifert
(612) 414-2032
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
Lynne Beck: Development Director, COMPAS; Olive Bieringa: Co-director, Body Cartography Project, Dance performance, workshops, films; Rachel Chomet: Actor and Playwright; Jane Gudmundson: Freelance consultant in education and the arts; Carol Gustavson: Traidtional Japanese Shibori Artist; Barbe Hansen: Executive director, Twin Rivers Center for the Arts, Mankato; Exeutive Producer, Sample Night Live; Cheryl Kramer-Milder: Artistic director, County Seat Theater Company, Cloquet; Peter Pestalozzi: Furniture designer/craftsman, Ely; Board member, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council; Steven Schmidt: General manager, City of Rochester Music Department/Riverside Concerts|Christopher Taykalo, Marketing and Development Manager, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus
Conflict of Interest Disclosed