Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Association
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2013
End Date
April 2014
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)

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet intends to increase its concerts within the state of Minnesota in collaborative performances with Colette Illarde and Gao Hong. Upon the completion of the proposed concert tours, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will have greatly increased the number of performances throughout Minnesota of its unusual collaborative programs with Colette Illarde (flamenco dance) and Gao Hong (Chinese pipa/composer). 2: The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet intends to bring two new collaborative programs to Minnesota communities that have not been previously been visited by Minneapolis Guitar Quartet. Upon the completion of the proposed concert tours, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will have performed in four communities not previously visited, and Minneapolis Guitar Quartet's collaborative programs with Colette Illarde and Gao Hong will have appeared in six communities for the first time.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We sent six artists from our main concert series at Sundin Hall to perform concerts and conduct workshops and master classes in Morris, Zumbrota, Grand Rapids and Fairmont. These same performers plus an additional 15 guitarists, performed and offered workshops and master classes in the Twin Cities, including our main stage at Sundin Hall. 2800 people attended these concerts. Local newspapers and schools promoted the events in greater Minnesota and brought in student as well as adult audience members. Evaluation included reports from the leaders of the venues on audience numbers and quality of the arts experience as well as feedback from the artists and audience. One audience member in Grand Rapids gave our organization a $500 donation after the concert. 2: We worked with three cities we had not worked with before - Morris, Grand Rapids and Fairmont. These concerts went very well, and we are encouraged to reach out to more parts of the state, especially to towns where we have connections via one of our board members or if an artist is from that area. The local audiences were so appreciative of our performers. All of the performers said that the audiences they had in Minnesota were the warmest crowds they had ever played in front of. Artists also offered workshops that went very well with local audiences, including students.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Joe Hagedorn, Mark Bussey, Ben Woolman, Chris Olson, Jerry Bannach, Joe Haus, Kris Anderson, Chris Becknell, Joanne Backer, Al Norton, Brent Weaver, Annett Richter, Jim Flegel, Steve Kakos, Emily Wright
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, partnering with Colette Illarde (flamenco dance) and Gao Hong (Chinese pipa/composer) will conduct tours to six different towns in greater Minnesota, performing six formal concerts and twelve outreach activities.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Association
Street Address
2550 Dupont Ave S
Zip Code
(612) 374-4681
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