Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Elisa Wright AKA Lisi Wright
Recipient Type
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)

The project will allow me to perform concerts and do outreach in greater Minnesota. This outcome will be evaluated at project end. I will take a close look at my budget and determine whether artists were paid reasonably (as projected) and if communities received reasonably reduced artist fees in lieu of the grant event. 2: This project allows me to travel to three new communities: Dassel/Cokato, Fairmont, and International Falls. This outcome will be achieved at the end of each respective grant-funded event. If funding is received, we will know that we achieved the outcome of performing in 3 new communities right after we perform.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I and my artistic partners were paid fair wages for our work while being able to tour five brand new outstate communities. Through our outreach in Koochiching County, we actually toured an additional two communities, Littlefork and Northome. We strengthened our relationship with Albert Lea and Moorhead. In Albert Lea, we performed two improv outreach programs, expanding our and the presenting partner's relationships in the community. In Moorhead, we expanded on our past outreach experiences by rehearsing and performing in a public concert with the students. The presenting partners were able to work with reasonably reduced rates in lieu of the grant-funding. Amy Stearns, executive director at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, stated that she had always been interested in working with me, but couldn't make the money work. With the grant-funding, Amy was able to bring us in for outreach and a concert. 2: After contract amendment, five of the seven partnered communities were brand new to us. Our experience with new communities was amazing! I.e., performing eight different educational outreach programs in Koochiching county in conjunction with a capstone concert in International Falls. Our outreach contact in Northome stated, Without a doubt, there are students that heard them play that would not have had the opportunity to hear them if this had not been presented at our school. What a wonderful talented group! We expanded our relationship in Albert Lea where we performed two outreach programs - our workshop.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Elisa Wright and The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra will share original music, provide educational outreach (Intergalactic Music Challenge) and/or senior home outreach (Remembering Through Music) with seven greater Minnesota communities.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Elisa Wright AKA Lisi Wright
(507) 438-6756
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