Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lauren J. Pelon
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
February 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Crow Wing
Le Sueur
St. Louis
Yellow Medicine
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)

Pelon will tour to eighteen new Minnesota sites and return to four previously visited sites with a new program. Presenters choose from one of five concerts plus outreach. Pelon will track sites visited, review audience and workshop evaluations, and make post-project inquiries to see if presenters are interested in scheduling another program in the future and/or if they will recommend her work to other Minnesota presenters. 2: Twenty-two diverse organizations (libraries, museums, art centers, theater, lifelong learning center, college, and peace group) will present Pelon’s programs. Pelon will follow-up with presenters to see if they benefitted from the opportunity to work with a professional touring musician and if the experience encourages them to present other touring artists in the future.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Lauren Pelon toured throughout Minnesota with a variety of concert programs and outreach activities, reaching 22 communities in 21 different counties. 2: A variety of community groups and nonprofit organizations throughout Minnesota presented Lauren Pelon’s concerts and outreach activities.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Lauren Pelon will present concerts featuring twenty ancient and modern instruments with voice, and artist talkback sessions at twenty-two Minnesota sites. Five concerts are preceded by a vocal workshop and rehearsal, so that local singers can participate in the final song of the concert.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lauren J. Pelon
(651) 388-8945
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