Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ten Thousand Things Theater
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
May 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Otter Tail
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)

Ten Thousand Things will tour sixteen free performances across Minnesota vitally engaging 1,120 people with geographic and other barriers to accessing professional theater. Quantitatively through head counts, and qualitatively through audience discussions and written evaluations where appropriate, we’ll continue to measure the effectiveness of our outreach through greater Minnesota. 2: Ten Thousand Things will partner with at least ten community organizations in greater Minnesota to serve as hosts for our tour in various communities. We’ll engage in qualitative conversations with each host organization to learn what parts of the tour worked well and what didn’t. We’ll use that information to improve future tours.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota residents from outside the Twin Cities experienced quality theater from TTT that they otherwise would not have had access to. We evaluated this project by using written post-show reports from our production manager, post-show conversations with audiences, demographic surveys and audience counts, and post-show feedback from staff members. 2: Fifteen community organizations engaged in new partnerships with TTT to bring award-winning theater to residents of greater Minnesota. As in the previous outcome, we evaluated this project by using written post-show reports from our production manager, post-show conversations with audiences, demographic surveys and audience counts, and follow-up conversations with our community partners.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Amy Apperson, John Beal, James Behnke, Laura Braun Pardo, Shá Cage, Nancy Evert, Jon Hallberg, Michelle Hensley, Cindy Kaiser, Michael Morrow, Sean Philips, Ellie Skelton, Denise Silva
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Ten Thousand Things will tour sixteen free performances of Henry IV Part One, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The New Don Juan, The Changeling Project and a newly revised classic, to underserved audiences across greater Minnesota.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ten Thousand Things Theater
Street Address
3153 36th Ave S
(612) 203-9502
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