-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2012 Grantees

Arts Tour Minnesota

Project grants to support touring performances, exhibitions, and other related activities throughout the state

Number of grants awarded on January 4, 2012
Total dollars awarded on January 4, 2012
$ 1,893,215

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus, Coon Rapids $  48,184
Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire tour will bring professional ceramic artists and their work to four greater Minnesota communities, offering exhibitions, gallery talks, and screenings of a documentary film about the featured artists and workshops.
Arts Midwest, Minneapolis $  55,256
Arts Midwest World Fest is a performing arts touring program that provides cross-cultural and arts education to underserved communities in Minnesota and the Midwest, by bringing international musicians to these communities for week-long residencies.
The Bach Society of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  7,024
Bach Society of Minnesota will tour to Rochester, to grow an audience for its work, to bring rarely heard music to an outstate area, and to support its partner's role in the local music community.
Black Label Movement, Minneapolis $  97,449
Duluth's Zeitgeist Arts and Black Label Movement will present Carl Flink's evening length works Filed Songs and Wreck, during a multiple venue tour to Duluth, supported by educational activities for Duluth young and adult learners.
Cantus, Minneapolis $  20,479
At the invitation of the Marshall and Willmar communities, Cantus will perform their inspirational program, On the Shoulders of Giants, and provide community forums on working as a collaborative ensemble/team.
CLIMB Theatre, Inver Grove Heights $  29,951
CLIMB's new diversity play, A Deeper Look, will be performed at ten greater Minnesota partner colleges, on eleven campuses. Most colleges will include the broader community and all will provide follow-up discussion panels.
College of Saint Benedict Fine Arts Programming, Collegeville $  17,160
The College of Saint Benedict will present a free outdoor concert series, Sunset Stages at Saint Ben's, featuring five Minnesota performing artists or groups, designed to engage the Saint Joseph community in summer arts activities.
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Duluth $  95,000
In effort to widen their net of symphonic listeners, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra will tour its exciting symphonic programs to the communities of Two Harbors, Cloquet, Virginia, and Hibbing.
Ensemble 61, Saint Paul $  25,256
Ensemble 61 will present its program, Water Music, in four communities in western Minnesota. The performances will include music inspired by water, one of Minnesota's greatest resources.
Gao Hong, Northfield $  12,220
Gao Hong will perform solo and with her group, Butterfly, in Chinese Music from the Ancient Past to Modern Times, and will lecture in several classes at Concordia College, College of Saint Benedict, and Saint John's University.
Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins $  64,003
Hopkins Center for the Arts will host seven concert events, enabling it to provide arts experiences of high artistic merit and educational content by noted touring artists, opportunities otherwise not available in the community.
Huge Improv Theater, Minneapolis $  7,670
Huge Improv Theater will present a touring production of Bassprov, an improvised two-man show from Chicago, featuring Joe Bill and Mark Sutton. They are both founding members of the Annoyance Theater in Chicago and recognized as some of the best teachers and performers of long form, scenic improvisation.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  99,650
Illusion Theater will tour Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Illusion's hit production about the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, to ten Minnesota communities.
James Sewell Ballet, Minneapolis $  60,600
James Sewell Ballet will bring its new Le Dance Off 2: Dance North America tour and residency activities to audiences in Grand Rapids, Red Wing, and Detroit Lakes.
Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum, Minneapolis $  18,340
Flying Foot Forum will tour The Percussion Project to two Minnesota communities, expanding its reach in Minnesota. It will conduct workshops and bring quality arts to youth and adults.
Prudence Johnson, Minneapolis $  44,000
This project is a multimedia, Minnesota-centric, concert exploring the music, politics, and events of the 1960s, with historical narrative, projected images, and audience guest appearances and sing-alongs.
Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Mankato $  24,350
This tour will feature select pieces from the Music from the Heart 2011-2012 concert season and will be presented in communities with limited access to live orchestral performances.
Margo McCreary, Minneapolis $  17,404
Margaret McCreary will perform a puppet show, Diggity Dog Days, a full-length puppet show for adults, in Duluth, Wykoff, New York Mills, and Grand Marais.
Billy McLaughlin, White Bear Lake $  59,986
William McLaughlin will tour his original music, Fingerstyle guitar technique, arrangements of traditional Christmas music and story, with six communities in greater Minnesota, through performance and educational workshops.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Minneapolis $  24,350
The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will conduct Minnesota Library Tours to four different regions of greater Minnesota, performing five library concerts in each region for a total of twenty concerts.
Minnesota Music Coalition, Saint Paul $  98,424
The Minnesota Music Coalition will produce and promote the second annual Caravan Du Nord, a statewide tour of performances and workshops featuring established and emerging independent musicians and bands to fine arts venues.
Minnesota Orchestral Association, Minneapolis $  100,000
The Minnesota Orchestra will give three performances at the Willmar Education and Arts Center, in addition to more than 30 community events in Willmar, during the week-long Common Chords Project.
Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato $  74,529
This project, featuring 18 writers, is the latter portion of our 30th anniversary program (2011-2012) and the fall and winter/spring portion of our 31st program (2012-2013).
Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Moorhead $  20,000
This project includes performances by Birdland Big Band, folk trio, The Good Lovelies, contemporary violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain with DJ Scientific, and the Reduced Shakespeare Company.
The Minnesota Sinfonia, Minneapolis $  81,660
The purpose of this tour is to take the Minnesota Sinfonia to greater Minnesota communities not served by the state's other major orchestras, and to provide top quality musical and educational experiences free of admission charges, and welcoming children.
Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  45,035
Mixed Blood will tour six productions for eighteen performances in Minnesota communities to promote pluralism throughout the region, serve vulnerable Minnesotans, and provoke discussion and education about cultural competence.
Monroe Crossing, Brooklyn Center $  80,000
Lisa Fuglie and Monroe Crossing will contribute to the growth and perpetuation of bluegrass in nonmetropolitan communities across Minnesota, through entertaining and educational concerts of traditional and original music, multimedia K-12 educational outreach programs, master classes, workshops, and public workshop/jam sessions hosted by the band.
Nautilus Music-Theater, Saint Paul $  96,120
Nautilus Music-Theater will tour their chamber opera/music-theater productions and workshops to Bemidji, Bigfork, Duluth, L'Homme Dieu, Plainview, and Saint Cloud, sponsored in each city by an established presenter.
Michael Nelson, Plymouth $  24,880
The Hornheads propose to tour a program of distinctive jazz, popular, and funk music to communities throughout Minnesota, sharing the ensemble's unique sound and musicianship with audiences and students alike.
Northern Lights Music Festival, Aurora $  22,000
The Northern Lights Music Festival's Chamber Players will tour three professional chamber music concerts in Duluth, Ely, and Virginia, and will tour the fully staged production with full orchestra and chorus of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci to Chisholm and Ely.
Pages of Music with Rolf and Carrie, Apple Valley $  16,776
The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo will tour with recitals and “Pages of Music with Rolf and Carrie” educational programs to Morris, Red Wing, and to 31 communities in eleven counties in the Great River and Kitchigami Regional Library systems.
Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis $  28,000
Two public performances and five additional days of educational outreach in Northfield and Saint Peter will bring Ragamala's work to underserved areas and educate new audiences about the arts culture of India.
Red Wing Arts Association, Red Wing $  12,000
The Red Wing Arts Association will open its 2012 summer Concerts in the Park series with a youth educational workshop and concert by the chamber orchestra, Minnesota Sinfonia.
The Rose Ensemble, Saint Paul $  74,796
Rose Ensemble will conduct a nine city tour (5 new and 4 established venues) of Slavic Wonders ,with concerts, post-concert discussions based on research, and choral music workshops for schools or community organizations.
Alison Scott, Richfield $  27,901
Alison Mattila will share her mission to revive the art of making soul music, through performances of original music, and arts learning programs regarding songwriting and grass roots music promotion, in seven underserved Minnesota communities.
Luverne Seifert, Minneapolis $  60,458
Luverne Seifert will present The Cherry Orchard to five rural communities in summer 2012. Each production will be presented in a historic home and feature six professional Twin Cities actors, four local actors, and two or three local musicians.
The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, Minneapolis $  27,480
The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists will work with new community partners in Brainerd and Saint Cloud to offer master classes and collaborative public performances with local student choirs.
Mick Sterling, Crystal $  30,144
Michael Jensen will partner with six nonmetro Minnesota communities to share At Christmas, a holiday show that provides a unique blend of family-fueled comedy-drama with fantastic musicianship, and will engage community students in an improvisational theater workshop.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Golden Valley $  87,930
Stuart Pimsler Dance Theater will present public performances and community-inclusive residency activities in collaboration with four Minnesota presenter communities throughout the state: Ely, Duluth, Detroit Lakes, and Northfield.
TU Dance, Saint Paul $  30,550
TU Dance will tour to Red Wing, Worthington, and Bigfork to present public performances and partner with communities to conduct master classes, reach underserved populations,and engage local audiences.
Winona State University, Winona $  9,140
This project will bring professional jazz artists of the highest caliber, including the Dave Berkman Quintet, to the Winona region, and will provide college students with one-day jazz performance workshops with the performing artist.
Zeitgeist, Saint Paul $  17,060
Zeitgeist will tour For the Birds, a new work for chamber ensemble and narration, with music by Victor Zupanc and text by Kevin Kling, to two communities in Minnesota.


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