Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota State University-Mankato AKA Good Thunder Reading Series
Recipient Type
State Government
In Progress
Start Date
June 2018
End Date
May 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Audiences in south central Minnesota will enhance their understanding of the importance of the literary arts to individuals and society. To assess readings, craft talks, workshops: we will use audience surveys and interviews. To assess outreach events: we will interview group directors and when appropriate, survey participants.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Overview

Arts Tour Minnesota

Project Details

The Good Thunder Reading Series will promote literature and inspire creativity by bringing six writers from diverse backgrounds and literary traditions to Mankato, Minnesota to participate in a series of readings, talks, and workshops.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota State University-Mankato AKA Good Thunder Reading Series
Street Address
230 Armstrong Hall
Zip Code
(507) 389-1354
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Member of the Smithsonian National Board. Former chair of the board, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Officer at -Large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Mayor of Red Wing, elected 2016. Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies.; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Delon Lyren: Professor of high brass and jazz, Bemidji State University; also assistant festival director, JENerations Jazz Festival; Brian Malloy: A novelist, teaching artist with the Loft, and adjunct faculty member at the U and Hamline; Margaret McCreary: Puppeteer, artist/educator; Arts Board grantee; Maya Washington: Filmmaker, writer, performer, and arts educator

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600