Minnesota's Legacy

Minnesota Festival Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Hot Summer Jazz Festival AKA Twin Cities Jazz Festival
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
March 2012
End Date
August 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The variety and number of Minnesota artists that are presented through festivals increases. The number of Minnesotans who experience the arts through festivals increases. We measured and documented the number and range of festival artists, as represented in the festival program and register of artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

A wide variety and range of Minnesota jazz artists performed at the 2012 Festival: from up-and-coming jazz musicians James Buckley and Zacc Harris to established jazz greats Irv Williams and Debbie Duncan; from straight-ahead to Dixieland to avant garde; from traditional jazz instruments (piano, bass, drums, woodwinds, brass) to new, computer-created sounds. We also featured 250 Minnesota jazz artists new to the Festival. Minnesota State Arts Board support helped underwrite a significant expansion to twenty-three free venues, an important strategy to attract more audiences by presenting more Minnesota artists. The Festival has always presented a wide range of jazz, but support this year especially helped increase the number of Latin Jazz artists, that included Francisco Mela and the Cuban Safari, from Cuba; Araya Orta Latin Jazz Quartet, from Costa Rica; and Ticket to Brasil, from Brazil. 2: Thirty-one free venues, a seven-fold increase from 2011’s three free stages, enabled the Festival to present more Minnesota artists and to attract greater audiences. Because this is a free, un-ticketed event, we are not able to track new versus first-time attendees. We were able to increase attendance from 30,000 to 35,000 over the course of the three-day event, which was our original goal.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Kevin Barnes, Alden Drew, Ellis Bullock, Barbara Davis, Steve Heckler.
Project Overview
Minnesota Festival Support
Project Details
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival will provide a showcase for 250 Minnesota jazz artists and 100 youth, high school, and college performers. The festival will be at Mears Park in downtown Saint Paul, June 28-30.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Hot Summer Jazz Festival AKA Twin Cities Jazz Festival
Street Address
PO Box 8162
St Paul
Zip Code
(612) 227-3108
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., 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. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Patricia Canelake: Artist; Anastasia Faunce: Program director, University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Editor, Open to Interpretation series.; Lori Janey: Design engineer, Seagate Technology. Board chair, Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater. Fundraising and volunteer management, Wishes for the Sky.; Wendy LaRoque-Lundin: Native American fiber artist and educator.; David Machacek: Executive director, ArtOrg. Visual artist.; Fiona MacNeill: Academic Technologist for the Arts, Carleton College. New media/performance artist and curator.; Barbara Mollberg: Dean of Liberal Arts, Rochester Community and Technical College.; Mary Ann Okner: Performing artist and educator.; Sharon Stark: Executive secretary, Little Theatre of Owatonna. Administrative Assistant, Owatonna Arts Center.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed