Minnesota Festival Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,479
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
International Institute of Minnesota
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
May 2014
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Ramsey
Dakota
Winona
St. Louis
Hennepin
Mower
Stearns
Steele
Aitkin
Kandiyohi
Brown
Anoka
Washington
Lac qui Parle
Meeker
McLeod
Carlton
Hubbard
Waseca
Yellow Medicine
Le Sueur
Chippewa
Wright
Chisago
Carlton
Itasca
Freeborn
Cass
Clay
Sherburne
Scott
Blue Earth
Mille Lacs
Lyon
Todd
Olmsted
Fillmore
Sibley
Becker
Pine
Morrison
Renville
Douglas
Goodhue
Wabasha
Carver
Otter Tail
Rice
Martin
Polk
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,479
Other Funds Leveraged
$407,433
Direct expenses
$443,912
Administration costs
$36,479
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Increase the number of Minnesota traditional/folk artists participating in the Festival of Nations from 200 to 300 and increase the ethnic groups participating from 100 to 115. The International Institute of Minnesota tracks the number of artists and ethnic groups who participate in the festival each year. 2: Increase Festival of Nations audience numbers from 40,000 to 50,000. The International Institute of Minnesota tracks ticket sales and attendance for the festival each year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The number of Minnesota artists performing at the 2013 Festival of Nations increased from 200 to just over 300. The artists hired for the festival came from many parts of Minnesota including Northfield (Laura MacKenzie), Bemidji (Janet Najarian), Saint Cloud (Jamie Tituana), Hibbing (Jacques La Christian), Farmington (Pam Tucker) and the Twin Cities metro area. Larger ensembles that include eight or more musicians from Minnesota including Salsa del Soul, Chris Kalogerson Orchestra and Ethnic Dance Theatre were booked this year increasing the number of artists performing. An additional performance area was added in the bazaar area of the festival allowing more Minnesota artists to perform. 2: Overall, ticket sales significantly increased in 2013 with student ticket sales seeing the largest increase. Students from many parts of Minnesota representing a diversity from rural to urban attended. The Festival of Nations invites all Minnesota schools to attend though direct mailing, promotion via Minnesota Education Association and other teacher gatherings. Ticket sales are measured by tracking of sales both through the RiverCentre/Xcel box office and through student sales at the International Institute of Minnesota as well as through participant tickets. Increased marketing/advertising including on social media and a reach to a younger demographic helped make this happen. The event is open to all.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Alex Zoltai, Carolyn Nistengen, Cynthia Ahlgren, Gerald Nolte, Glen Skovholt, Helina Kassahun, Kate Tilney,Kitty Goggins, Mark Kalla, Mary Ann Nowak, Ruchard Herman, RJ Singh, Rosanne Hope, Sandra Keith, Shegitu Kebede
Project Overview
Festival of Nations
Project Details
The Festival of Nations, a four-day event, will take place in May 2013 and will feature the folk music and traditional dance of 100 ethnic groups from throughout the state. The festival raises awareness and appreciation for the diversity of the people now living in our state.
Project Manager
First Name
Kate
Last Name
Raleigh
Organization Name
International Institute of Minnesota
Street Address
1694 Como Ave
City
St Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55108-2710
Phone
(651) 647-0191x 305
Email
kraleigh@iimn.org
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: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. 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
Eileen Banks: Past board member, Minnesota Fringe Festival; Social Worker, Hennepin County; Stephanie Busiahn: Executive Director, Fairmont Convention and Visitors Bureau; Kelly Finnerty: Deputy Director of Programs, The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis; Faith Krogstad: Community organizer, Hamline Midway Coalition, St. Paul; festival and events coordinator; Leif Larsen: Producer, music events for MPR; advertising executive; Barbara Mollberg: Dean of Academic Affairs, Rochester Community and Technical College; Paul Robinson: Company Manager, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis; Margaret Vosburgh: Manager, Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, Worthington
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No