Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Arts Midwest
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2016
End Date
May 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Broaden exposure to diverse cultures and traditions in communities that often do not have access to high-quality, global performing arts opportunities. We evaluate by soliciting feedback and conducting follow-up conversations with students, teachers, community partners, and the artists; and with quantitative data on community-artist interactions in final reports from our community partners. 2: Build the capacity of our partner organization to continue to use this immersive residency model in future programming. We evaluate by measuring new and sustained partnerships with local schools, continued programming featuring international ensembles, and evidence of new/increased local support for the organization.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Arts Midwest broadened access to high quality arts experiences for Minnesotans by presenting two world music ensembles in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Arts Midwest uses both qualitative and quantitative tools to measure impact. We evaluate by soliciting online feedback from students and community members during and after the residencies, conducting visits, and monitoring compliance with partnership requirements. Final report materials from NMAC included an activity schedule with attendance; a financial report; and a narrative noting meaningful connections, any residency challenges, and how the local community was engaged. 2: Arts Midwest's community partner forged deeper relationships with area school districts to support the project residencies. Arts Midwest used both qualitative and quantitative assessment tools to measure program effectiveness and impact. For the public performance component of the tour, we compiled information from community presenters on attendance and community-artist interaction, and we solicited general feedback. We also collected final reports from community arts presenters, which include data on constituents served; narrative on their interaction with the artists, and impact of the program in the community.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Flávia Bastos, Bruce Bernberg, Brian J. Bonde, Peter Capell, Gilberto Cárdenas, Sandra Clark, Loann Crane, Ken Fischer, Matthew Harris, Sylvia C. Kaufman, Mary Pickard, Rhoda A. Pierce, Kymm Bartlett Martinez, Ashwini Ramaswamy, Jane Rasmussen, Omari Rush, Brian Tiemann, Sara Vance Waddell, Michael Louis Vinson, Gregory Volan, Matthew Wallace, Jan Webb
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Arts Midwest will present week-long residencies of international musical ensembles in smaller Minnesota communities through the World Fest program. The purpose of the program is to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and diff
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Arts Midwest
Street Address
2908 Hennepin Ave Ste 200
Zip Code
(612) 238-8052
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; 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; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Andrea Cheney: Interim managing director, Bedlam Theatre; Ann Fee: Executive director, Arts Center of Saint Peter; teaching artist, writer, editor, and instructor; Jamil Jude: Freelance theater director and producer; Jennie Knoebel: Executive director, Austin Area Commission for the Arts; Stacy Richardson: Writer, editor, and music promoter; Christopher Taykalo: Marketing and development manager, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600