Operating Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Commonweal Theatre Company
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2017
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The Commonweal Theatre will serve as a cultural and educational asset to Southeastern Minnesota. By tracking mainstage attendance figures, and evaluating audience-enhancement and educational outreach programs through surveys, internal review, and informal interviews with program participants. 2: The Commonweal Theatre and its artists engage in the local community to the betterment of all. By partnering with local civic, arts, and business organizations to celebrate Lanesboro as a vibrant arts and cultural experience, with the theatre as a key component of the economic model.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Commonweal Theatre serves as a cultural and educational asset to southeastern Minnesota. The Commonweal tracks attendance numbers and qualitatively evaluates its programs through surveys, internal reviews, and audience interactions. 2: The Commonweal as an institution, and its artists as individuals, have participated in community events. The Commonweal strengthens its connections and positive impact on the immediate community by participating in civic events, volunteering in service, and coordinating activities with the town as a whole.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Charles Aug, Joan Ruen, Barb DeCramer, Alan Bailey, Wendy Mattison, Jose Rivas, Jill Frieders, Chris Hanson, Sarah Peterson, PJ Thompson
Project Overview

Operating Support

Project Details

The Commonweal Theatre Company's mission is to enrich the common good through actor-based storytelling which is both transcendent and relevant.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Commonweal Theatre Company
Street Address
PO Box 15
Zip Code
(507) 467-2905x 203
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.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, 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.; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; 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

Michael Arturi: Universal Music Center founder and executive director; Dorothy Belstler: Executive director, Twin Cities Pride; Amy Braford Whittey: Business developer for the arts for HGA; Cheryl Kessler: Founder and principal evaluator, Blue Scarf Consulting, LLC; Colleen LeBlanc: Retired community educator; former Five Wings Regional Arts Council board member; William Miller: History professor at the College of Saint Scholastica, former MSAB board member; Jessica O'Brien: Community engagement manager, Region Nine Development Commission; Elizabeth Jane Olive: Retired nurse and transplant coordinator; community volunteer; costumer; Christi Schmitt: Program coordinator, Saint Paul Public Schools office of multilingual learning; Alexis Walstad, Co-executive director, Karen Organization of Minnesota

Conflict of Interest Disclosed