Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Great Northern Union Chorus
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
November 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
Mille Lacs
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 tour will pilot Great Northern Union Chorus’ strategy to make a significant, lasting difference in the accessibility of its unique art form to underserved communities. Evaluation instruments will measure not just audience response, but previous exposure to the form. Influential choral intermediaries (e.g., choir directors) will be queried as to their increased understanding and interest in the form. 2: Great Northern Union Chorus will perform for the first time in Grand Rapids and Staples. Project learnings will drive future touring projects in unexposed communities. In addition to the evaluation instrument, Great Northern Union Chorus' performance and project leaders will formally debrief with community leaders at both tour sites to identify what worked and what didn’t in order to refine its future touring strategy.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We performed in Grand Rapids and Staples. We made our art accessible in underserved communities, particularly for young men.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Peter Benson, Jeff Taxdahl, Erik Dove, Joe Cossette, Brent Benrud, Kevin Lynch, Jerod Guida, Dan True, Bob Dowma, Roger Wambheim, Rick Hurd
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
The Great Northern Union Chorus, an internationally acclaimed, 100+ voice men’s barbershop and a cappella chorus, will perform a major concert and set of community engagements in Grand Rapids and Staples, aimed at promoting a lifetime of singing.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Great Northern Union Chorus
Street Address
3909 Dartmouth Dr
Zip Code
(612) 723-4209
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