Dance/Music on Site

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient Type
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
May 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lake of the Woods
St. Louis
Lake of the Woods
St. Louis
Project Overview
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Musicians travel to community organizations with programs that educate, entertain and inspire listeners. Focused on engaging musical themes and topics, they include musical performances, audience dialogue and a refreshing new look at the world of music. Richie Johnson taught children the art of storytelling through songwriting, created musical instruments from junk items in the recycling bin, and made new songs with audience assistance. Johnson is a self-described “singer-songwriter/comedian/historian/magician.” Cellist Aleks Tengesdal provided a solo cello music concert (brownbag) featuring music from Baroque to Modern including original composition.
Project Details
100 people attended the DSSO events. Date of Program: April 16, 2012 FLUTE/HARP: Coleraine Public Library 11:15 AM , Calumet Public Library 12:45 PM // April 24, 2012 WOODWIND QUARTET: Duluth Public Library 11:30 AM, Silver Bay Public Library 4:00 PM, Two Harbors Public Library 6:30 PM, April 25, 2012 // WOODWIND QUARTET: Bovey Public Library 11:30 AM, Grand Rapids Area Library 1:00 PM. 1,153 patrons attended Richie's programs. Date of Program: Monday, April 30, 2012, 3:30 PM Nashwauk High School, 6:00 PM Calumet Public Library / Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 10:30 AM Hibbing Public Library, 3:30 PM Buhl Public Library, 6:00 PM Hoyt Lakes Public Library / Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 3:30 PM Ely Public Library / Thursday, May 3, 2012, 10:30 AM Eveleth (School/Library), 3:30 PM Virginia Public Library / Friday, May 4, 2012, 10:30 AM Silver Bay Public Library), 3:30 PM Two Harbors Public Library / Saturday, May 5, 2012, 10:30 AM Cloquet Public Library, 1:30 PM Duluth Public Library / Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 3:30 PM McKinley Public Library / Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 10:30 AM Tower Sudan Elementary School, 3:30 PM Cook Public Library / Monday, May 14, 2012, 10:30 AM Grand Rapids Public Library, 4:00 PM Baudette Public Library / Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 1:30 PM Coleraine Public Library / Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 6:00 PM Mt. Iron Public Library / Thursday, May 17, 2012, 3:30 PM Babbitt Public Library. Date of Cello Program: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 12:00 PM, Cloquet Public Library. 12 patrons attended this program.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 4
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To develop music appreciation in patrons; inspire emotional response; and educate patrons that classical music is accessible for everyone. Introduce patrons to the skill of song-writing. -- Encourage the imagination of children (and adults). -- Stimulate creativity and positive emotional responses. Promote relaxation and stress reduction. -- Stimulate patrons minds (research suggests that classical music promotes cognitive performance). -- Encourage creativity.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Comments from participants:
"Having performances in a small space and hearing richness of instruments and feeling the music is something that can only be felt live."
"This type of program truly reaches out and touches lives—some never able to attend live performances in Duluth."
"The entire program was great. It did exactly what it wanted, entertained and expanded knowledge."
"[Richie is]one of the best performers I’ve seen who gives an engaging intro to music and allows such interaction as instrument building and song writing. A true educator and lover of kids! A master of improvisation."
"[I learned] how to engage kids in music. The kids learned about songwriting, creativity, and different kinds of instruments."
"People who hear either classical or 'modern' of which our cellist had both are sometimes scared off. It is excellent that he played in the midst of library life so many who would never have heard were brought into that ambience."

Source of Additional Funds

Arrowhead Library System and Local libraries. Partner Organization Contribution/Role in the Program: The Libraries across the region provided the staff, facility, and electricity to host the program. They also marketed the programs through their respective communication media (e.g. facebook, Twitter, website, newsletters, etc).

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Arrowhead Library System
Street Address
5528 Emerald Avenue
Mt. Iron
Zip Code
(218)741-3840 Ext. 230
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