Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Friends of the Minnesota Sinfonia AKA Minnesota Sinfonia
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2015
End Date
April 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

Minnesota professional artists have more opportunities to tour their work throughout the state. All Sinfonia members are professional musicians who do little performing outside of the Metro area. The tour will offer them more opportunities to perform throughout the state.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Sinfonia did tour to five Minnesota communities and presented concerts and a school program as previously indicated. Audience members were given anonymous surveys asking questions about program likes/dislikes, the number of arts events previously attended, age, income and educational levels, etc. The surveys were collected and tabulated by the sponsors, and then sent to the Sinfonia for evaluation, after which discussions with the sponsors took place. Teachers at Dassel elementary school were asked to do the same. The responses were very positive, with nearly 100% lauding the orchestra, its programming and asking for return visits. 2: The actual outcome was that professional artists did have more opportunities to tour throughout the state of Minnesota. Discussions with the musicians and the conductor accounted for the evaluation method to determine the proposed outcome.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Bruce Humphrys, Sharla Wagy, Maureen Maly, John Higdon, Jay Fishman, Dorothy Jacobs, Don Shier, Kelly Jo Mitchell, Allison Brown, Angelique Calotescu, Emily Cole-Jones, Jon Dalager, Shannon Hovey, Barb Ward
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
The Minnesota Sinfonia will work with its host sponsors and four-five communities to present accessible, top quality, professional orchestral concerts and educational services, all with free admission and children welcome.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Friends of the Minnesota Sinfonia AKA Minnesota Sinfonia
Street Address
901 N 3rd St Ste 112
(612) 871-1701
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
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600