Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ballet Works, Inc. AKA James Sewell Ballet
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2014
End Date
May 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

James Sewell Ballet will revive a landmark piece, made in collaboration with Garrison Keillor, to tour and make dance more accessible throughout greater Minnesota. In reviving this ballet that is particularly entertaining for Minnesotans James Sewell Ballet hopes to build new audiences for dance with a large-scale production, narration by our most popular radio host and an original score by the All-Star Shoe Band. 2: James Sewell Ballet will work and engage with presenters to introduce people to contemporary ballet in under-served Minnesota touring destinations. Project outcomes will be evaluated with presenters to ascertain quality of overall community experience, growth of audiences including young dancers, students, families, and first-time dance attendees and depth of James Sewell Ballet outreach engagement efforts.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Greater Minnesota populations and young dancers were both audiences and participants in a quality arts performance. 2: JSB worked closely with new and existing presenter partners to prepare for, present and evaluate the tour and its impact.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Tom Anderson, Laura Bednarski, Paula Claire, Jayne Emory, Dean Genth, Joanne Gordon, Kelly Kita, James McCarthy, Jenny Lind Nilsson, Martin Rigney, Justina Roberts, Steve Suckow, George Sutton, Michelle Wirtz, Kim Witczak
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
James Sewell Ballet’s Guy Noir: The Ballet visits five Minnesota venues on this regional tour. Each stop of the tour will feature a performance of this full-length ballet, as well as community engagement programs.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ballet Works, Inc. AKA James Sewell Ballet
Street Address
528 Hennepin Ave Ste 215
Zip Code
(612) 672-0480
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
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.; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthopist.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; David Glenn, Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; 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.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Kathryn Eldred: Arts Administrator, Duluth Art Institute; Executive Director; Katherine Hill: Program Coordinator, Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Audience Engagement events; Michael Horejsi: Production Manager, Great River Educational Arts Theatre; Theatrical design and production; Jessica Lourey: Instructor, St. Cloud Technical and Community College; Pearl Rea: Production manager, lighting designer and stage manager; Christopher Taykalo: Marketing and development manager, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus; Christine Tschida: Director of Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota; Melissa Walrath: Executive Director, The St. John's Boys' Choir
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600