Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
One Voice Mixed Chorus
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

Perform in communities not previously visited to engage audiences in the experience of creating music and provide outreach on GLBT issues. Involvement and participation by the local communities will be a measurement of engagement, both in rehearsal and performance. Pre- and post-rehearsal/concert surveys evaluate choral music as a tool to transform assumptions and challenge prejudice. 2: Perform in communities throughout greater Minnesota engaging audiences in the experience of creating music and provide outreach on GLBT issues. Touring to Duluth, Big Fork, and Little Falls that are in greater Minnesota with participation by the local communities will be a measurement of engagement, both in rehearsal and performance. Surveys will be used to evaluate effectiveness.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We performed for the first time in Bigfork and Little Falls. We worked with host organizations in each community to plan, organize, and promote the concerts. Community singers performed with us during each concert and our 75 singers met and interacted with members of the audience during post-concert receptions. In the words of one Bigfork resident, They are an amazingly warm group and were wonderful ambassadors for treating all people fairly. They swamped the two little restaurants in town at lunch, and the locals were SO HAPPY to welcome them all. A representative from The Edge Theater, our host organization in Bigfork, commented, The audience just loved it, rising immediately at the end, and lingering afterward to talk and hug and share stories. This was one of the highlights of the Edge's art experiences. In addition to Bigfork and Little Falls, the tour also included Bemidji. To stimulate and facilitate participation by local residents in each of the three cities, our artistic director sent rehearsal CDs and musical scores to the community singers in each city and they selected which songs they wanted to perform with our chorus. Our artistic director also traveled to each community for a live rehearsal with community singers before the concert tour. Because the concert repertoire was Minnesota Voices, we distributed Music on a Stick to audience members with the lyrics for several sing-along songs and invited them to join us in song. The Bemidji concert was filmed in its entirety by a local television station and broadcast throughout their viewing area. I personally felt as though I had been blessed, covered in the beauty of song. -Bemidji audience member.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Scott Burglechner, Steve Greenberg, Paul Halvorson, Gary Kelsey, Jon Lewis, Carolee Lindsey, Julia Reed, Lisette Schlosser, Elizabeth Vaught, Anita Wheeler
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
One Voice Mixed Chorus will travel to Duluth, Big Fork, and Little Falls to perform the music of Minnesota composers. The concert will be presented in partnership with nonprofit community groups and will engage local audiences as performers. Twin Cities Public Television will produce a documentary.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Ramseyer Miller
Organization Name
One Voice Mixed Chorus
Street Address
732 Holly Ave Ste Q
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 298-1954
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
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600