Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Anne E. Sawyer-Aitch
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
April 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Otter Tail
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)

Present my show, Nalah and the Pink Tiger, and give a workshop in ten different Minnesota towns outside the Twin Cities Metro area. My evaluation includes a check list: 1) Did I perform in ten different towns outside the Twin Cities Metro area? 2) Were my shows well attended? By whom? 3) How did audiences hear about it? 4) Hand out evaluation forms to venue coordinators and audience. 2: Expand my audiences by performing in towns where I have not presented. Reach out to underserved communities with free tickets. My checklist: 1) Did I perform in 10 new towns? 2) Did I successfully reach out to underserved audiences? 3) Did these communities - as well as paying audiences - see value in this programming? (Will gather data from evaluation forms.)

Measurable Outcome(s)

I performed in Owatonna, Grand Rapids, Mahtomedi, Bertha, Perham, Long Prairie, Mora, Mankato, White Bear Lake, and Staples. The shows were well attended, although two were rescheduled. The arts venues: Owatonna Arts Center, Lakeshore Theater Players, MacRostie Art Center and Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota. These sent out press releases and emails. Owatonna and Lakeshore had reporters from local papers. These venues had family audiences. Also Girls on the Run and a grandparent group. In other towns, shows were in schools, a transitional housing center, and Boys and Girls Club. There, audiences were elementary after-school groups, toddlers and parents. Feedback was positive: What a fun show! We all loved it. The kids really appreciated getting to make their own puppets too! 2: All ten towns were new territory for me. By partnering with each venue, we reached out to underserved audiences. The children in the targeted services program of Mora and Perham’s Boys and Girls Club, for example, have a high number of kids who qualify for free lunch. Bertha, Perham, Staples, and Long Prairie are very small towns with a minimum of arts access, especially for struggling parents of young children. Solid Ground, a transitional housing program, is almost entirely composed of minority families. Even in towns that have arts programming, such as Owatonna, audiences were appreciative. A parent there wrote: Children, as well as adults, were very engaged in the story. The set was marvelous! I loved how the different types of puppets were used, and I liked that she let the children go behind the scenes to see how much was involved to put on the show. She’s a very engaging entertainer…and very nimble to make all the magic happen with just one person!

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Sawyer-Aitch will tour her puppet show, Nalah and the Pink Tiger, and provide a workshop to ten greater Minnesota towns, partnering with arts organizations and family social service agencies to provide further access to audiences.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Anne E. Sawyer-Aitch
(612) 376-7502
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