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Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Scott A. Reynolds AKA Scotty Reynolds
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
November 2015
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)

The Picnic Operetta will be adapted and toured to three communities in greater Minnesota. The production is artistically, financially, and logistically viable as a touring production beyond the Twin Cities Metro, measured via attendance, audience surveys, and budgets. 2: Reynolds will use the touring opportunity to develop booking contacts and infrastructure to support future tours. Reynolds will hire a booking manager, undergo a consultation process to develop promotional and logistical tools, and will create a database of contacts in the greater Minnesota market.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Picnic Operetta toured to three communities in greater Minnesota. Audience surveys included a mix of demographic questions and an open-ended question about their experience at performance. The artist survey included questions regarding role in production, reflections on show and touring operations and recommendations for the future. Social media content included web traffic, online and printed reviews, and promotional effort. Financially, the project was evaluated by its compliance with budgets. Logistically, it was evaluated through input from personnel. 2: We became members of the Minnesota Presenters Network. We plan to return to one in 2016. We have a stock of equipment for future seasons. The second outcome, to develop touring infrastructure for future touring activities, was evaluated through a survey of project personnel involved with marketing, sponsorship, and development of a booking database.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Uniting sustainable agriculture and opera traditions, performance artist Scotty Reynolds will bring his signature plein air project, Picnic Operetta, to community gardens in Saint Cloud, Rochester, and Duluth.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Scott A. Reynolds AKA Scotty Reynolds
(612) 619-2112
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