Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
May 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Crow Wing
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Cantus will tour to four cities that could not normally host Cantus because of fees, offering an excellent and relevant experience to Minnesota audiences. Via audience surveys and interviews with presenting partners we determine the value of the tour in connecting with audiences and providing an excellent artistic experience. Each concert is also evaluated by the Cantus Artistic Council. 2: Four Minnesota communities will have the opportunity to hear Cantus, a nationally known ensemble which makes its home in the Twin Cities. Sales reports will provide information on audience size; audience surveys will provide new knowledge about audience (age, interests, address, etc.) to arts presenters.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Cantus toured to four Minnesota cities, offering concerts, master classes, and distributing work through CD sales, to general audiences and students. Cantus artists provide a full update to staff and artists after every performance, evaluating artistic work, audience, presenter and logistics. In addition, three cities took part in a WolfBrown Intrinsic Impact survey. 2: Minnesotans in four cities accessed a nationally known music ensemble through concerts, master classes, and CD purchases. The Cantus Artistic Council writes a full report after every performance, regardless of its location, as an evaluation method. The concert reports provided information on audience size and venue capacity, as well as the quality of the performance and feedback from the presenters and the audience, as noted in the previous project outcome discussion. The survey information, collected in three of the four cities, provided information on demographics, interest and the value of the performance.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Wendy Holmes, Julie Carver, Noel McCormick, Chuck Peterson, Marit Nowlin, David Ranheim, Martha Graber, Libby Larsen, Jim Dorsey, Jeff Reed, Elizabeth Cutter, Craig Carnahan, Katie Berg, Pete Cochrane, Chris Foss, Paul Rudoi, Patricia Kirkpatrick, Brock Metzger, Karl Reichert
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Cantus will perform The Four Loves, focusing on the themes of family, romance, spirituality, and friendship in the Minnesota communities of Willmar, Pequot Lakes, Staples, and Saint Cloud.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Street Address
PO Box 2379
Zip Code
(612) 435-0046
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. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Kaitlyn Bohlin: Development manager, North House Folk School; Brenda Brown: Member, Black Storytellers Alliance, Blues City Cultural Center, Minneapolis Arts Commission. Writer, performer, and visual artist.; Jennie Knoebel: Executive director, Austin Area Commission for the Arts; Ann Reed: Singer, guitarist and songwriter, co-owner of Turtlecub Productions; John Saurer: Visual artist using sculpture, printmaking and drawing, chair, art and art history department, Saint Olaf College; Melissa Walrath: Executive director, The St. John's Boys' Choir; Jeanne Willcoxon: Assistant professor of theater, St Olaf College.; Alexander Wolff: Trombonist and executive director of operations, The Copper Street Brass Quintet
Conflict of Interest Disclosed