-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2015 Grantees

Arts Tour Minnesota

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

Number of grants awarded on November 5, 2014
Total dollars awarded on November 5, 2014
$ 1,601,400

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Arts Midwest, Minneapolis $  15,302
Arts Midwest World Fest will present international musical ensembles in week-long residencies in smaller Midwest communities. Its purpose is to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences.
The Bach Society of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  25,592
In 2015 and 2016, the Bach Society of Minnesota will present unique early music concerts along with lectures and demonstrations in two greater Minnesota communities: Winona and Moorhead.
Cantus, Minneapolis $  48,848
Cantus will perform The Four Loves, focusing on the themes of family, romance, spirituality, and friendship in the Minnesota communities of Willmar, Pequot Lakes, Staples, and Saint Cloud.
Commonweal Theatre Company, Lanesboro $  21,750
The Commonweal Theatre Company will present a tour of Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder, to share the theater's distinct affinity for, and knowledge of, the father of modern drama with underserved audiences in outstate Minnesota.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  16,350
Children and adults will be engaged in traditional stories, folktales, and live music from India when Zaraawar Mistry and Greg Herriges bring Children's Stories from India to fifteen libraries in northern Minnesota.
Rolf C. Erdahl, Apple Valley $  15,990
OboeBass! (Carrie Vecchione, oboe, and Rolf Erdahl, double bass), in collaboration with seven new presenting partners, will perform 24 programs in eighteen communities, sharing their unique repertoire in recitals across the state.
Good Thunder Reading Series, Mankato $  41,051
The Good Thunder Reading Series will promote literature and inspire creativity by bringing seven writers from diverse backgrounds and literary traditions to Mankato, to participate in a series of readings, talks, and workshops.
Christopher E. Griffith, Minneapolis $  36,640
Z Puppets Rosenschnoz will partner with New London's Arts Alliance and Duluth's Sacred Heart Music Center to tour four sensory-friendly performances and sixteen participatory outreach events combining puppetry and music for families.
Hot Summer Jazz Festival, Saint Paul $  18,280
Twin Cities Jazz Festival will feature Jazz Central All Stars in three greater Minnesota cities at community events and venues.
IFP MINNESOTA, Saint Paul $  21,700
IFP Minnesota will tour its acclaimed Cinema Lounge screening series of locally made short films to Duluth, Moorhead, Saint Cloud, and Minneapolis, showcasing the work of filmmakers from each region and connecting these filmmaking communities.
Chris Koza, Minneapolis $  53,773
Rogue Valley will tour to four greater Minnesota communities (Grand Rapids, Detroit Lakes, International Falls, Northfield) for a series of performances and community-inclusive workshops for community members of all ages and abilities.
Mark Lambert, Ramsey $  23,961
The Warren MacKenzie: A Potter's Hands tour will present an exhibition of MacKenzie's pottery, a ceramic workshop, and screenings of Minnesota film artists' work Warren MacKenzie: A Potters Hands to four greater Minnesota communities.
Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Mankato $  27,545
The full Mankato Symphony Orchestra and virtuoso clarinetist David Krakauer will perform traditional Jewish Klezmer music and classical music in Wells, Minnesota. A chamber woodwind group will provide additional performances in twelve public library locations.
Matinee Musicale, Inc., Duluth $  10,000
Matinee Musicale presents Sybarite5, an innovative New York string quintet, in an evening concert, in spring 2015, in Duluth and at three free interactive programs for youth.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Association, Minneapolis $  21,300
The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, partnering with flamenco dancer Colette Illarde, will perform new works by two Minnesota composers and tour to four Minnesota towns, presenting four concerts and eight outreach activities.
Minnesota Music Coalition, Saint Paul $  24,900
The Minnesota Music Coalition will present the 5th annual Caravan du Nord, a tour of independent musicians and industry professionals, featuring workshops, networking, and performances in communities throughout greater Minnesota.
Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis $  150,000
Minnesota Opera will partner with the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to present a fully staged and costumed performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute, which incorporates 21st century technology and features live performers interacting with larger-than-life animation, at low cost to residents of Duluth and surrounding areas.
Minnesota Sinfonia, Minneapolis $  38,706
The Minnesota Sinfonia will work with its host sponsors and eight communities to present accessible, top quality, professional orchestral concerts and educational services, all with free admission and children welcome.
Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  48,888
Mixed Blood Theatre will tour productions of Hijab Tube (Muslim) and Minnecanos (Latino) to 21 communities in greater Minnesota, for a total of 28 performances, to help local presenters diversify programming and audience.
Northern Lights Music Festival, Gilbert $  37,647
The Northern Lights Music Festival will tour its new production of Strauss' Die Fledermaus to two iron range locations: Aurora and Ely. A chamber music program and performance of Britten's The Little Sweep will be toured to four iron range locations: Virginia, Hibbing, Tower, and Ely.
The O'Shaughnessy, Saint Paul $  45,000
The O'Shaughnessy's new series, Global SHEroes, will showcase two prominent global female performing artists from India and China in concert and residency activities.
Scott Reynolds, Minneapolis $  36,982
Uniting sustainable agriculture and opera traditions, performance artist Scotty Reynolds will bring his signature plein air project, Picnic Operetta, to community gardens in Saint Cloud, Rochester, and Duluth.
Luverne G. Seifert, Saint Anthony $  121,432
Luverne Seifert will present The Ballroom Project, a historically based comedy/variety show, in historic ballrooms in six greater Minnesota communities, in summer 2015.
Rosy Simas, Minneapolis $  35,500
Rosy Simas, a contemporary dance choreographer, will present "We Wait In the Darkness" in Duluth, Big Fork, Grand Rapids, and Saint Joseph, reaching new Native and rural audiences.
The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, Minneapolis $  45,599
The Singers will collaborate with high schools in four Minnesota cities to present shared community concerts with their choirs.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Minneapolis $  56,000
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater's project will include residencies in three distinct Minnesota communities: Ely, Fergus Falls, and New York Mills. Each will include a series of community-inclusive workshops and classes, and culminate in public performances.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis $  76,476
Ten Thousand Things will tour sixteen free performances of Henry IV Part One, The Unsinkable Molly Brown,The New Don Juan, The Changeling Project and a newly revised classic, to underserved audiences across greater Minnesota.
Theater Latté Da, Minneapolis $  116,528
Theater Latté Da, in partnership with Hennepin Theatre Trust, will bring its acclaimed docu-musical All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 to seven greater Minnesota communities.
TigerLion Arts, Minneapolis $  90,000
TigerLion Arts will tour Nature, an outdoor walking play exploring the friendship between Emerson and Thoreau, to three public gardens in Minnesota.
TU Dance, Saint Paul $  49,108
In winter-spring of 2016, TU Dance will tour to Saint Peter, Saint Joseph, and Bigfork offering performances, classes, and outreach activities that engage a diverse public and underserved audiences.
Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, Minneapolis $  30,838
Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus will perform Here Comes the Sun featuring music by The Beatles along with outreach repertoire in Saint Peter (Gustavus Adolphus College) and Marshall (Southwest Minnesota State University).
University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul $  36,100
Vocalists Nirmala Rajasekar and David Jordan Harris, along with three musicians, will tour Song of Wonder, a concert of South Indian and Judeo-Spanish music and poetry, exploring wonder as a gateway to an illumined and impassioned life.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  92,556
VocalEssence will tour River Songs and Tales with Mark Twain to four communities in northern Minnesota. The tour will include a public concert of songs inspired by the Mississippi intertwined with the stories of Mark Twain and related community activities.
Zeitgeist, Saint Paul $  23,550
Zeitgeist will reach five communities through the Minnesota Connections 2015-2016 tour, which features three productions: For the Birds with Victor Zupanc and Kevin Kling, Summer Rain, with veena virtuoso Nirmala Rajasekar, and Hole in the Sky with Kathy McTavish.
Zenon Dance Company and School, Inc., Minneapolis $  47,508
Zenon Dance Company will tour to Hibbing, Cloquet, Red Wing, and Bigfork to conduct cross-cultural evening-length performances and residencies that showcase diverse voices of modern and jazz choreography.


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