Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
TU Dance
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
May 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)

TU Dance will tour to two communities not previously visited: Saint Peter and Saint Joseph/Collegeville. Successful completion of proposed tour activities (performances, classes, outreach) in the two communities not previously visited by TU Dance. 2: TU Dance engages an estimated 1,150 age-diverse Minnesotans in its activities. Track participation in each proposed activity; tour to an underserved geographic area (Bigfork); collect evaluations from venues and feedback from partners, audiences and participants.

Measurable Outcome(s)

TU Dance toured to both of the proposed communities for the first time, providing classes, outreach, and public performances. We asked each presenter to complete an evaluation form about each activity during the TU Dance residency, which includes feedback and comments. Our Outreach and Education Coordinator also followed up with each presenter after the tour activities were completed. We also worked with venues and presenters to collect participation data and community input, and we discuss outcomes and experiences with our touring/teaching artists. 2: Tour activities engaged 914 age-diverse Minnesotans in the three communities. We asked presenters to complete evaluation forms on each tour activity in their community, including data such as the number of participants, age range of participants, and participant gender and racial demographics. Our staff debriefed with presenters and collaborators during tour activities. We instruct our teaching artists to report issues to our staff so that we can correct, follow up, and improve the impact of our touring activities.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Chris Andersen, Leif Anderson, Roderick Ferguson, Darin Florenz, Michelle Horan, Marcia Murray, Toni Pierce-Sands, Uri Sands, Kelly Green Vagts, Julia Yager
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
In winter-spring of 2016, TU Dance will tour to Saint Peter, Saint Joseph, and Bigfork offering performances, classes, and outreach activities that engage a diverse public and underserved audiences.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
TU Dance
Street Address
PO Box 40405
St Paul
Zip Code
(651) 699-6055
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
Olive Bieringa: Co-director, Body Cartography Project; Molly Chase: Managing director, Springboard for the Arts; Jeff Larson: Executive director, Minnesota Fringe Festival; Larry Long: Musician, song writer, founder and director, Community Celebration of Place; Natalie Morrow: Founder of The Twin Cities Black Film Festival; Stacy Richardson: Writer, editor, and music promoter; Dennis Whipple: Executive artistic director, Great River Educational Arts Theatre
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600