Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Guitar Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 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)

We will send four artists from our concert series in the Twin Cities to perform a second concert in Morris, Zumbrota, Grand Rapids, or Fairmont. Concert occurrence is the outcome. Success is evaluated as quantitative (attendance, revenue) and qualitative (satisfactory artistry). Our partners will write us, summarizing quantitative results and qualitative (review by their executive director). 2: Three of the target cities (Morris, Grand Rapids, and Fairmont) are new concert sites for us. Concert occurrence is the outcome. Success is evaluated as quantitative (attendance, revenue) and qualitative (satisfactory artistry). Our partners will write us, summarizing quantitative results and qualitative (review by their executive director).

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 rural 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
Minnesota Guitar Society will present twelve concerts, plus workshops, master classes, and in-school visits by guitarists (and an oud player) from the United States and abroad. Activities will take place in several Minnesota cities.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Guitar Society
Street Address
PO Box 14986
Zip Code
(612) 677-1151
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