Arts Tour Minnesota
ACHF Arts Access
The musicians will have more opportunities to tour their unique collaborative project in a spectrum of Minnesota communities. The opportunity to tour Song of Wonder more broadly will be measured by the number of performances (and related community workshops) presented and the variety of performing/teaching venues. 2: The critically acclaimed musicians will bring their traditional ethnic music forms, as well as their collaborative fusions, to new audiences. The opportunity for professional ethnic musicians to bring their music to new audiences will be measured by a written survey gauging audiences' previous exposure to South Indian and Judeo-Spanish music.
The concert Song of Wonder and related residency activities were performed in four communities in southern, central, and western Minnesota. Song of Wonder hired a professional evaluator, Barbara Cox, to describe what was actually occurring in each community throughout the tour and to assess the degree to which it was meeting its projected outcomes. Besides measuring attendance at each event, Cox interviewed audience members, community partners, and the musicians to get a closer read on the impact of the concert and related activities. At the tour's conclusion she submitted a summary of her conclusions to the project director. 2: Song of Wonder was presented to audiences in four locales, most of whom had never previously heard the ethnic music forms these musicians performed. The Song of Wonder evaluator, Barbara Cox, interviewed audience members and community partners to get a sense of how the concert and supplementary activities affected them. She also questioned them on their previous musical experiences with world music traditions in addition to South Indian and Judeo-Spanish music. At the tour's conclusion she submitted to the project director a compendium of responses from the tour's audiences and her analysis of their remarks.
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