Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Michelle M. Kinney AKA Jelloslave
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
May 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

For nine years, Jelloslave has performed extensively in the Twin Cities, and it is ready to share its unique cello-driven music throughout the state. Jelloslave will achieve project outcome 1 through successful performances at each tour venue, to be evaluated by the audience via a paper survey at the concert, and an online survey available at our website. 2: Jelloslave will tour to communities and regions not previously visited. Touring to new Minnesota communities will advance the ensemble's professionalism and broaden each community's musical horizons. The achievement of this goal will be reflected in the new relationships formed between Jelloslave and wider regional audiences.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Jelloslave presented eleven successful concerts in ten different counties throughout the state of Minnesota. We made strong connections in each of these different communities and established new professional relationships with these venues and their managing directors. We were very enthusiastically received at these venues, with warm and personal interaction between us and these new audiences. This resonated quite strongly for each of us as individuals and for the band as a whole. We were given standing ovations in every venue! In addition to our personal and palpable experience of winning over these new audiences, as stated in our proposal, we also evaluated audience response with a paper survey at each concert. We asked questions about their experience hearing Jelloslave for the first time, and asked for their observations regarding our unique instrumentation and improvisational compositions. 2: Jelloslave toured eleven communities/regions in ten different Minnesota counties not previously visited during our nine year collaboration that had until now, been centered in the Twin Cities. Touring to new Minnesota communities has advanced the ensemble’s professionalism and broadened each community’s musical horizons. The achievement of this goal is reflected in the new relationships formed between Jelloslave and wider regional audiences. Our new website, created with promo and marketing funds from the grant, is providing a forum where we can stay in touch with our new friends/colleagues, and promote their missions as well as ours, as well as documenting our tour in photos. We have received many invitations to return and perform, and we plan to apply again in 2014-15 for a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour Minnesota grant, which will allow us to deepen the relationships initiated thanks to the funded tour in 2013-14.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Jelloslave, comprised of two cellos, tablas, and drums, will present a multi-genre, cross-cultural performance, celebrating the cello's ability to touch and inspire the human spirit throughout musical history and across cultural boundaries. Partner venues are in Orr, Ely/Tofte, Duluth, Grand Marais, Grand Rapids, Glenwood, Fergus Falls, Luverne, Lanesboro, and Zumbrota.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Michelle M. Kinney AKA Jelloslave
(612) 703-7175
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
Christopher Atkins: Coordinator, Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program, Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Eva Barr: Artistic Director, Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative; Steve Heckler: Executive Director, Twin Cities Jazz Festival;. Director, Festival of Nations; Sarah Howell: Events Coordinator, MacPhail Center for Music; Charles Maguire: Songwriter and musician; David Marty: President, Reif Arts Council; Rebecca Petersen: Executive Director, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra; Marcie Rendon: Writer, performance artist and theater artist; Jill Underwood: Associate Director of Institutional Giving, Guthrie Theater|Jeanne Zwart, Board member, Elysian Area Library; chair, Elysian Fourth of July Parade
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600