Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Commonweal Theatre Company
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
April 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

Overcoming geographical barriers to attendance at Commonweal's Ibsen production. The Commonweal will compare audience demographics between its home theatre and tour venues to demonstrate that a high percentage of tour audiences live outside the Commonweal’s usual geography.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Commonweal Theatre presented a tour of THE MASTER BUILDER, sharing the company's expertise with audiences outside its usual geographic reach. The tour was evaluated by quantitative data of box office attendance at each venue, and a qualitative assessment, in the form of a questionnaire circulated to the artists involved, asking for their perspectives on their personal experience with the tour, as well as their perception of the operation of the tour overall. The responses are collected anonymously, then forwarded and evaluated by the Commonweal Theatre's Leadership Team to guide preparations for the future.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Charles Aug, Alan Bailey, Randy Chapman, Barb DeCremer, William French, Louann Hamann, Ron Kreinbring, Jeffrey Mintz, Joan Ruen, Rick Walters
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
The Commonweal Theatre Company will present a tour of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, to share the theater’s distinct affinity for, and knowledge of, the father of modern drama with underserved audiences in outstate Minnesota.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Commonweal Theatre Company
Street Address
PO Box 15
Zip Code
(507) 467-2905x 203
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
Luanne Fondell: Performing arts director, Memorial Auditorium, Dawson-Boyd School District; Katherine Hill: Audience engagement specialist, Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Anna Johnson: Independent arts administrator and consultant, specializing in the area of development; Ronald Lattin: Development director, Youth Performance Company; Kathleen Ray: Former executive director, Central Square Cultural and Civic Center, theater artist and playwright; Pearl Rea: Production manager, lighting designer, stage manager, and tour coordinator; S Buffy Sedlachek: Producer of excellence in performance, CLIMB Theatre, educator peer coach and instructor, Bethel University
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600