Minnesota's Legacy

Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Northern Lights Music Festival, Inc
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
June 2016
End Date
October 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
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)

Minnesota professional artists and arts organizations have more opportunities to tour their work throughout the state. One will expect a level of ease and fluency; and increased competence with multiple performances. 2: Because of the dynamics of small towns, a greater percentage of the average citizenry will attend classical music events. Based on audience data of previous years, and addresses of ticket buyers we will compare both numbers, towns and occupations represented in the audiences of each performance venue. A new survey requesting more demographic information will be created.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The NLMF tour reached thousands of Minnesota residents; creating opportunities for Minnesota artists to work professionally. Surveys which answered questions about residence, and their use of corollary services, such as restaurants, hotels and fuel, gave us answers about our audiences. Results showed that as many of 10% of the population of several towns on the Range bought tickets for NLMF events. Other larger cities had a smaller percentage of attendees. It also showed that approximately 15% of attendees were summer residents, mostly from Minnesota, but representing 26 states as well. 2: Based on zip codes of ticket buyers from various Range towns, we can approximate the percentage of citizens who attended the events. A survey was distributed at every opera performance, seeking information about the residence of each audience member. We sought to know, if money had been spent locally, and where; in other words, to learn what the economic implications are of our activities. Online ticket buyers' zip codes are not revealed to us, but by cross referencing our general mailing list we can find them. We also capture the addresses and Zip Codes of those who write checks or who use credit cards.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Barbara Baldrica, Carver Richards, Matthew Uhan, Rhonda Zuponcic, H. Martin Zuponcic, Catherine Hoel Hiti, Mary Mulari, Alan Hodnik, Erik Erie, Jan Carey,Victoria Gornick,David Setnicker, Laurel March,Nancy Johnson, Aurora, Douglas Gregor, Veda Zuponcic
Project Overview
Arts Tour Minnesota
Project Details
Northern Lights Music Festival will tour Puccini's Madama Butterfly to two Iron Range locations: Chisholm and Ely. A chamber music concert will tour to Duluth, Virginia, Chisholm, and Ely, and Opera Scenes will tour to Crosby-Ironton and Ely.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Northern Lights Music Festival, Inc
Street Address
11 S 4th St W
Zip Code
(609) 922-2965
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