Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Patrick J. Dewane
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
February 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lake of the Woods
Otter Tail
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)

The project will create a cross-generational conversation about the many rich themes of the show—World War II, the immigrant experience, war’s impact on family life. The post-show discussions will elicit remarkable stories from fellow community members, stories of sacrifice, loss, valor and redemption. These stories and the audience response to the show will be the measure of evaluation. 2: The tour will visit four new communities and return to four new communities for deeper experiences for more Minnesotans. We are reaching new audiences in four new communities and by returning to four other venues, we will renew and deepen the relationships that were begun and enable more residents from those towns to experience what had such great impact on the first tour.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Patrick brought WWII to life in eight regions. As an artist, he developed his improvisational skills to tailor the content to a variety of audiences including many who do not normally attend theater. 2: The tour was created with a goal of reaching far beyond the Twin Cities and we reached 13 Minnesota counties with a high quality, well received, impactful theater piece.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
The tour of The Accidental Hero will bring an extraordinary, true, World War II story to Minnesotans who often do not attend the arts. It will also deepen their experience through proven community-building activities.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Patrick J. Dewane
(612) 578-1203
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
Jeffery Amundson: Executive Director, Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale; Christopher Atkins: Coordinator, Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program, Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Sharon Bailey: Artist, Arts Administrator; Tania Blanich: Executive Director, Rourke Art Gallery Museum; Molly Chase: Managing director, Springboard for the Arts; board member and managing director, HUGE Improv Theater; Elisabeth Comeaux: Fundraiser / development manager, Minnesota Opera; Vanessa Healey: Production Stage Manager and Performing Arts Manager, Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts; performing arts, production and arts administration; Rebecca Petersen: Executive director, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra; Luverne Seifert: Head of BA Performance, Department of Theater Arts and Dance, University of Minnesota. Co-founder of Sod House Theater Company.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed