Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Luverne G. Seifert
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
September 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Crow Wing
Le Sueur
Red Lake
St. Louis
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 Ballroom Project will provide access to high quality arts opportunities to residents of six greater Minnesota communities. Indicators of success are the number of Minnesotans who participate in workshops led by professional artists and number who attend shows. Tools to measure these outcomes are tracking/reporting on number of participants and audience members in each town. 2: Luverne Seifert will tour to four Minnesota communities he hasn't previously visited - Barrett/Glenwood, Duluth, Glencoe and Mentor. Indicators of success are completion of workshops/performances in these four communities. This outcome will be measured by tracking/reporting on all communities visited on the 2015 tour.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Ballroom Project provided access to high quality arts opportunities to residents in fourteen greater Minnesota communities. Ticket sale calculations were based on reservations and head counts. We calculated that 1,804 people attended the show, including 63 talent show performers who attended the event at no cost. 587 people completed the surveys. 1. Did the show change the way you think about theater (344 yes 223 No) 2. Would you consider attending another theater event (584 yes 10 No). 3. Were you inspired research of old Ballrooms (404 yes 184 no) 4. Would experience another ballroom or historical site in the future? (561 yes 23 No). 2: The Ballroom Project successfully completed twenty-three performances in fourteen communities, all venues were first time performances. The number of audience members were recorded at each of the venues and adults, children and senior attendees were tallied. The ballrooms were prioritized based on whether it was the first time we performed in that community.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Luverne Seifert will present The Ballroom Project, a historically based comedy/variety show, in historic ballrooms in six greater Minnesota communities, in summer 2015.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Luverne G. Seifert
(612) 414-2032
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