-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2016 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 4, 2015
Total dollars awarded on November 4, 2015
$ 1,752,645

One grant was declined after it was awarded.

Number of grants awarded                                              
Total dollars awarded
$ 1,628,478

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Arts Midwest, Minneapolis$  44,104
Arts Midwest will present week-long residencies of international musical ensembles in smaller Minnesota communities through the World Fest program. The purpose of the program is to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences.
Arts on Superior, Two Harbors$  16,757
Arts on Superior will present a free, family-friendly music series for local residents and visitors in the historic Paul Gauche band shell in Two Harbors, featuring award-winning artists in a variety of musical styles.
Bach Society of Minnesota, Saint Paul$  15,490
The Bach Society of Minnesota will collaborate with Southwestern Minnesota State University and First Lutheran Church in Marshall to present a two-day celebration of Bach, including a retreat and a professional concert.
Backus Community Center, International Falls$  41,185
The Backus Community Center will present four touring shows (one-man, big band, ballet, and Celtic) as well as opportunities for professionals to meet students, the public, and citizen artists through workshops and outreach events in International Falls.
The Cedar, Minneapolis$  139,900
The Cedar Cultural Center and partners will host two ten-day Midnimo (Unity) residencies for Somali and nonSomali audiences in the Twin Cities and Saint Cloud, featuring the Somali music group Waayaha Cusub from Amsterdam, with a full live band.
CLIMB Theatre, Inver Grove Heights$  18,097
CLIMB Theatre will bring its award-winning play on racial equity, Feeling History: African Americans' Reach for Equality, to fourteen colleges and theaters in greater Minnesota.
COMPAS, Saint Paul$  31,350
COMPAS will engage children and adults in the music and culture of three global cultures by bringing live, interactive performances to twenty-seven libraries throughout northern and central Minnesota.
Penelope Freeh, Saint Paul$  40,600
Freeh and composer Jocelyn Hagen will tour the collaborative chamber dance opera Test Pilot to five Minnesota communities.
Hong Gao, Northfield$  17,058
Musician Gao Hong will perform solo concerts of Chinese pipa music from the ancient past to modern times in seven greater Minnesota communities.
Good Thunder Reading Series, Mankato$  52,936
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.
Great Northern Union Chorus, Arden Hills$  28,521
The internationally acclaimed Great Northern Union Chorus will perform three major concerts with accompanying community engagement activities in southeast Minnesota, aimed at promoting a lifetime of singing.
History Theatre, Saint Paul$  65,900
History Theatre will tour greater Minnesota with the musical play Sisters of Swing, telling the story of the legendary Andrew Sisters from Mound. Performances will be accompanied by community engagement and outreach activities.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis$  69,265
Illusion Theater will tour the eye-opening production Thurgood, based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, to ten sites in Minnesota.
Minnesota Music Coalition, Saint Paul$  38,200
The Minnesota Music Coalition will present the 6th annual Caravan du Nord, a tour of independent musicians and industry professionals, featuring workshops, networking, and performances in communities throughout greater Minnesota.
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, Bemidji $  22,200
The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference will bring award-winning writers of national stature to present craft talks and readings and teach weeklong workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in Bemidji.
Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis$  150,000
The Minnesota Orchestra will return to the greater Minnesota communities of Willmar, Bemidji, and Grand Rapids in May 2017 for performances and workshops that deepen and build on previously established relationships.
Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead$  17,000
Minnesota State University Moorhead will present four stylistically diverse performances of music and theater, with related educational events, for community members and students of all ages.
Mixed Blood, Minneapolis$  100,000
Mixed Blood Theatre Company will produce a bilingual production of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera in twenty-four greater Minnesota communities. This tour is a part of a season-wide commitment to transforming Mixed Blood's approach to Latino programming.
Nautilus Music-Theater, Saint Paul$  102,595
Nautilus Music-Theater will tour productions of the operatic music-theater pieces Twisted Apples: Stories from Winesburg, Ohio, and Dead Man Walking, which includes direct community involvement, to three sites throughout Minnesota.
Northern Lights Music Festival, Inc., Aurora$  28,521
Northern Lights Music Festival will tour Puccini's Madama Butterfly to two Iron Range locations: Chisholm and Ely. A chamber music concert will tour to Duluth, Virginia, Chisholm, and Ely, and Opera Scenes will tour to Crosby-Ironton and Ely.
One Voice Mixed Chorus, Saint Paul$  42,444
One Voice Mixed Chorus will travel to Milaca, Duluth, Virginia, and International Falls, presenting a work based on the life of gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, while engaging audiences in the experience of creating music.
Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis$  61,000
Ragamala Dance will present public performances and associated community outreach and engagement activities in five Minnesota communities: Winona, Wykoff, Rochester, Bemidji, and Mankato.
Scotty Reynolds, Minneapolis$  35,700
Minneapolis artist Reynolds will tour Escape from Alcina's Island: A Picnic Operetta, to orchards and farms near Big Fork, Fergus Falls, and Wykoff, uniting classical opera with sustainable agriculture.
The Rose Ensemble, Saint Paul$  62,000
The Rose Ensemble will present Jerusalem, City of Three Faiths: Voices of Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims which illuminates a rich musical and cultural exchange that arises from and contributes to the pursuit of peace.
Shapiro & Smith Dance, Minneapolis$  48,470
Shapiro & Smith Dance will perform Suffragettes and Flappers and other dance works featuring an intergenerational female cast, as well as conduct activities with women's shelters and dance students, in Winona, Worthington, and Faribault.
Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing$  60,200
The Sheldon's inaugural Enlighten Series will connect greater Minnesota audiences to three world-class performance events. The diverse works on the series each explore questions, celebrate the human spirit, and challenge everyday expectations of the stage.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Minneapolis$  48,000
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater will tour to Ely, Northfield, and Bigfork to present public performances and community inclusive workshops and classes.
Teatro del Pueblo, Saint Paul$  13,368
Teatro del Pueblo will expand its touring program by touring its Latino-inspired original production of Help Wanted to five venues in northern Minnesota that serve Native American participants, as well as hosting dialogues on the similarities and differences of the Latino and Native American experience in Minnesota.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis$  50,091
Ten Thousand Things Theater will tour eleven free performances of Shakespeare's Pericles, the 2016 winter musical, or a yet-to-be-named work by Kira Obolensky to undersserved audiences across greater Minnesota.
20% Theatre Company, Minneapolis$  17,526
20% Theatre Company will present performances of The Naked I: 4.0 along with in-depth post show dialogues to communities in greater Minnesota.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis$  150,000
The Walker Art Center, in collaboration with the Merce Cunningham Trust, will present performances of Cunningham choreography by his former company members and France-based Ballet de Lorraine, along with master classes and workshops.


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