-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2014 Grantees

Arts Tour Minnesota

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

Number of grants awarded on January 8, 2014
Total dollars awarded on January 8, 2014
$ 1,711,711

Grantee, City Grant Amount
20% Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  20,000
20% Theatre Company will tour The Naked I: 3.0 to various communities in Minnesota outside of its Twin Cities homebase, including colleges, universities, churches, medical facilities, businesses, and more.
Ananya Dance Theatre, Minneapolis $  10,456
Ananya Dance Theatre will present Mohona: Estuaries of Desire at the Historic Holmes Theatre in the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, accompanied by workshop and outreach activities, in November 2014.
Marc D. Anderson, Saint Paul $  24,876
Anderson's project will bring his multicultural musical group, Speaking in Tongues, into small communities in greater Minnesota whose populations are showing recent growth in diversity (Fergus Falls, Austin, Mankato, and Northfield.) He will present a program titled Four Cultures, One Muse.
Arts Midwest, Minneapolis $  38,612
Arts Midwest World Fest is a performing arts touring program that addresses the lack of cross-cultural arts education in underserved communities by presenting international musicians in rural Midwestern communities to conduct week-long residencies.
Asian Media Access, Minneapolis $  100,000
Asian Media Access will tour "YIYUSA," a Pan-Asian dance drama, to Marshall, Duluth, and Morris. This project strives to showcase diverse Asian dances and to support hard to reach audiences with a shared vision of presenting the best Pan-Asian arts to rural Minnesota.
Backus Community Center, International Falls $  51,300
Backus Community Center will present four diverse performances and outreach programs to all Koochiching County schools during its 2014-15 season, including touring artists Monroe Crossing, Ragamala Dance, Tonic Sol-fa, and Billy McLaughlin.
Beyond Ballroom Dance Company, Minneapolis $  11,517
Beyond Ballroom Dance Company will present an evening of original work highlighting the artistry of ballroom dance, in partnership with The Historic Holmes Theater (Detroit Lakes) and Centennial Auditorium (Staples), as well as related outreach activities.
Cantus, Minneapolis $  69,197
Cantus will perform its program Anthem, focusing on the theme of why people sing together, and offer open sings and/or open rehearsals in the communities of Fairmont, Zumbrota, Winona, Faribault, Detroit Lakes, and Alexandria.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  79,350
MN Express is a bus of five musicians, all former participants of the Cedar's 416 Club Commissions Program, touring the state to perform scheduled, ticketed public concerts and impromptu pop-up gigs in and around schools, town squares, and other public spaces.
Central Square Cultural and Civic Center, Glenwood $  15,500
This project includes three summer 2014 concerts featuring the folk singer-songwriter John McCutcheon, the Alison Scott Band, and The Pines. Additional community engagement activities with the artists are scheduled.
Stephanie R. Claussen, Lauderdale $  8,000
Stephanie Claussen will present an eclectic hour-long concert performed on solo harp in five rural Minnesota communities, followed by an informal question and answer session and an opportunity for individual community members to receive ten-minute introductory harp lessons.
CLIMB Theatre, Inver Grove Heights $  9,500
For the first time ever, CLIMB Theatre will perform on stage for a general audience as they tour their original play A Deeper Look to theaters in Saint Cloud, Marshall, and Duluth.
The College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth $  20,000
The project consists of three performances by Minnesota artists Cantus, Salsabrosa, and Dessa that will reach an audience of 1,150 in northeast Minnesota. A vocal tone master class and a Latin dance workshop will be offered as preconcert events.
Community Celebration of Place, Minneapolis $  47,508
Community Celebration of Place will present the American Roots Revue in five greater Minnesota communities for forgotten populations and audiences in partnership with homeless shelters, incarceration facilities, and community and veterans organizations.
Patrick J. Dewane, Edina $  31,960
The tour of The Accidental Hero will bring an extraordinary, true, World War II story to Minnesotans who often do not attend the arts. It will also deepen their experience through proven community-building activities.
The Great Northern Union Chorus, Minnetonka $  38,768
The Great Northern Union Chorus, an internationally acclaimed, 100+ voice men's barbershop and a cappella chorus, will perform a major concert and set of community engagements in Grand Rapids and Staples, aimed at promoting a lifetime of singing.
History Theatre, Saint Paul $  29,360
History Theatre will partner with three greater Minnesota communities to present the play The Things They Carried, adapted by writer, storyteller, and veteran Jim Stowell, based on the book of the same name by award-winning novelist Tim O'Brien about his experience in the Vietnam War.
James Sewell Ballet, Minneapolis $  80,751
James Sewell Ballet's "Guy Noir: The Ballet" visits five Minnesota venues on this regional tour. Each stop of the tour will feature a performance of this full-length ballet, as well as community engagement programs.
Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum, Minneapolis $  8,587
Flying Foot Forum will tour "The Percussion Project" to Chatfield, Minnesota, the presenter's first foray into hosting dance in this rural area. This will expand Flying Foot Forum's touring in Minnesota and will bring vibrant percussive dance and music to youth and adults.
Emily A. Johnson, Minneapolis $  53,048
Minneapolis-based choreographer Emily Johnson will partner with the Grand Marais Art Colony and Arrowhead Center for the Arts to bring her dance company, Catalyst, to Grand Marais for a series of unique performances and workshops for a diverse range of north shore Minnesotans.
Prudence Johnson, Minneapolis $  24,960
Johnson, with pianist Dan Chouinard, will present a multimedia, audience-interactive concert with narrative and projected historical images about Minnesota history in the 1920s, in eight Minnesota communities.
Mark Lambert, Anoka $  64,038
The Warren MacKenzie: A Potter's Hands tour will bring professional film artists and their work to three greater Minnesota communities, offering a hands-on film production workshop and screenings of the documentary film. An exhibition of Warren MacKenzie's pottery will be presented at each site.
Margo McCreary, Minneapolis $  34,536
McCreary will tour the musical puppet show Dogs Make Do in a hand-built puppet trailer, performing for audiences who have gathered for a variety of activities including county fairs, community festivals, local farmers' markets, and camping.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Minneapolis $  23,620
The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, partnering with Colette Illarde (flamenco dance) and Gao Hong (Chinese pipa/composer) will conduct tours to four different towns in greater Minnesota, performing four formal concerts and eight outreach activities.
Minnesota Music Coalition, Saint Paul $  5,000
The Minnesota Music Coalition will present the fourth annual Caravan du Nord, a tour of independent musicians and industry professionals, featuring workshops and performances in communities throughout greater Minnesota.
Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis $  100,000
Through Common Chords Bemidji, the Minnesota Orchestra will partner with Bemidji to plan a week of orchestra events, tailoring the week's activities to specifically appeal to and engage with this particular community.
Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Moorhead $  20,000
This project includes two engagements of artists for performances and educational activities: Turtle Island String Quartet with singer Nellie McKay, and Scottish singer Julie Fowlis and her Scottish band.
Mu Performing Arts, Saint Paul $  26,690
Mu Performing Arts will present a tour of the Obie Award-winning F.O.B. by David Henry Hwang at Chinese restaurants in Mankato, New York Mills, Red Wing, and Rochester, plus a facilitated community conversation on immigration and post show talkbacks.
John S. Munson, Circle Pines $  93,613
John Munson, and his artistic partners in The New Standards, will tour greater Minnesota and perform public concerts in three communities, a concert and an outreach program in four communities, and the New Standards Holiday Show in Rochester.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Paul $  80,278
The Ordway will tour to five greater Minnesota communities with Birth of the Broadway Musical, a show created by the Ordway and performed by Minnesota-based artists, focusing on the history and cultural significance of American musical theater in the 20th century.
Lauren J. Pelon, Red Wing $  24,800
Lauren Pelon will present concerts featuring twenty ancient and modern instruments with voice, and artist talkback sessions at twenty-two Minnesota sites. Five concerts are preceded by a vocal workshop and rehearsal, so that local singers can participate in the final song of the concert.
Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis $  28,000
Ragamala will present public performances of their signature work "Sacred Earth" and related community outreach activities in partnership with University of Minnesota-Morris and the Edge Center in Bigfork, Minnesota.
Brian D. Sostek, Minneapolis $  5,000
Sostek and collaborators will bring the unconventional theater/dance/puppetry show Trick Boxing, along with movement-based creativity workshops, to the Staples-Motley area for a week in November 2014.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Minneapolis $  80,000
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater's 35th anniversary celebration will include engagements in four different Minnesota communities (Ely, Grand Rapids, Mankato, and Rochester), and include performances and community inclusive activities for a diverse array of populations.
Ross M. Sutter, Minneapolis $  19,868
The Sutter Brothers will offer a program to nine communities, integrating original poetry with traditional music to explore Minnesota characters and culture, inspiring residents to consider the nature of the state and their own communities.
Theater Latté Da, Minneapolis $  88,000
Theater Latté Da will tour Steerage Song, a docu-musical about immigration to America (1825-1924), to four Minnesota communities. The tour will include performances and facilitated community discussions linking the show to current issues.
TU Dance, Saint Paul $  54,200
In early 2015, TU Dance will tour to four Minnesota communities (Fairmont, Faribault, Moorhead, and Winona) for the first time, to present performances and conduct classes and outreach activities that engage public audiences and underserved populations.
Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Saint Paul $  40,000
Twin Cities Jazz Festival will feature the Jazz Central All Stars Tour, performing for 2,000 greater Minnesota residents in historic venues, presented and sponsored by local arts and community organizations, a school, and a tourism and convention bureau.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  92,964
VocalEssence will tour Tales and Melodies of the Mighty Mississippi to southeast Minnesota. The tour will include a public concert of songs inspired by the Mississippi and intertwined with stories of Mark Twain, with related community activities.
Zeitgeist, Saint Paul $  28,360
Zeitgeist will tour six communities with its Minnesota Connections 2014-2015 program featuring its productions "For the Birds" with Victor Zupanc and Kevin Kling; and "Summer Rain," with composer/veena virtuoso Nirmala Rajasekar.
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and School, Minneapolis $  29,494
Zorongo Flamenco will join with collaborating partners to bring the art of flamenco dance and music to youth and adults in seven Minnesota communities through performances of surpassing quality.


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