Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Zorongo Flamenco, Inc. AKA Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and School
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
April 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
Blue Earth
Le Sueur
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 build positive relationships with venues and presenters in greater Minnesota, creating opportunities for more dance events in the future. We will survey our venue partners to determine whether they would be interested in having Zorongo Flamenco and/or other similar arts organizations return to their venues. 2: We will expand our range of communities visited. We will show that we have presented successful performances at venues in communities in which we have not performed.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Our venue partners were all very enthusiastic about the tour appearances. All shows were well-attended, except for Fond du Lac College, proving that greater Minnesota audiences are excited to see styles of performance, such as flamenco, to which they may have had little previous exposure. The opportunities for Zorongo Flamenco and other arts organizations to tour in the future have thus been expanded. We surveyed all presenters, and they were all interested in having us perform again in the future. All presenters were interested in presenting other touring artists from Minnesota. 2: We successfully performed in all of our planned tour venues: University of Minnesota-Morris, Carleton College in Northfield, Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Myles Reif Center in Grand Rapids, and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet. We had not appeared previously at four of these locations, and it had been some time since we had visited the others, with the exception of Central Lakes College, where we toured in 2011. All of the performances were successful and all were well-attended except for Fond du Lac. This gave many audiences their first taste of flamenco music and dance, and they were thrilled to see it.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Robert Schommer, Christine Kozachok, Robin Moede, Donald Davies, Marissa Sundquist, Alessandra Chiarelli, Silvia Lopez, Tamara Rogers, Georgia May, Allison Herrera, Vanessa Carneiro, Marguerita Scott, Susana di Palma, Catherine Higgins Whiteside
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Zorongo Flamenco Dance and Theatre will visit seven Minnesota communities with a program of traditional flamenco and new work based on the poems of Gabriela Mistral and the music of Gonzalo Grau.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Zorongo Flamenco, Inc. AKA Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and School
Street Address
3012 Minnehaha Ave S
Zip Code
(612) 743-8331
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