Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ragamala Dance
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
February 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Big Stone
Lac qui Parle
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)

Ragamala Dance will renew old connections in an area we have not visited in many years, and form new ties to a community we have not visited previously. Via post-project meetings and informal conversations with Ragamala Dance staff, presenter partners, and community partners in both sites, we will determine how this project has renewed our ties to Morris and forged new connections in Bigfork. 2: Ragamala Dance will tour to Bigfork, a new community for us, and work with a venue that would not have the capacity to host us without this support. Through observation and post-project meetings, we will gauge how the Edge Center benefitted from the opportunity to work with an experienced touring company like Ragamala Dance, as well as from other community partnerships forged through this project.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Ragamala presented performances/outreach activities in Bigfork (a place we had not visited before) and Morris (one we have not visited in many years). 2: Ragamala presented a public performance and two K-12 school matinees in Bigfork—a community the company had not previously visited.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Briar Andresen, Nithya Balakrishnan, Sara Daggett, Risha Lee, Janine Munson, Padma Naidu, Aparna Ramaswamy, Dheenu Sivalingam, Rachel Soffer, Noel Stave, Sunitha Varadhan, James Wilkinson
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Ragamala will present public performances of their signature work Sacred Earth and related community outreach activities in partnership with University of Minnesota-Morris and the Edge Center in Bigfork, Minnesota.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ragamala Dance
Street Address
711 W Lake St Ste 309
Zip Code
(612) 964-9213
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