-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2017 Grantees

Arts Tour Minnesota

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


Number of grants awarded November 2, 2016
Total dollars awarded November 2, 2016
$ 1,994,801

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Shari Aronson, Minneapolis $  71,900
Aronson and Z Puppets Rosenschnoz will tour Cellula, a glow in the dark, sensory friendly performance of mitosis, to six greater Minnesota venues, to engage family audiences in the STEAM of puppetry.
Arts Midwest, Minneapolis $  41,664
Arts Midwest will present two international musical ensembles through Arts Midwest World Fest in Red Wing, with the goal of fostering understanding of, and appreciation for, global uniqueness and differences.
Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  108,000
The Children's Theatre Company will tour its production of Seedfolks to nine greater Minnesota communities. Seedfolks will feature actress Sonja Parks portraying fourteen characters determined to build a garden in a vacant lot. The tour will inlcude performances and accompanying engagement activities in each community.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  26,170
COMPAS will engage children and adults with musical and cultural traditions from Latin America and aboriginal Australia through performances by musicians and storytellers in 24 libraries throughout northern and central Minnesota.
Copper Street Brass, Minneapolis $  30,295
Copper Street Brass and visual artist MaryAnn Cleary will collaborate to present Into the Deep: Exploring Minnesota's Greatest Resource through Art and Music, featuring original arrangements and paintings relating to water.
Duluth Playhouse, Duluth $  42,960
The Duluth Playhouse Children's Theatre will tour Theatre for Young Audiences to bring professionally performed interactive theater events to rural and underserved family audiences in northern Minnesota.
Nathan H. Fisher, Minneapolis $  20,425
Fisher will tour Iraqi Voices of Minnesota to audiences around the state, featuring films produced collaboratively by Fisher and Twin Cities based Iraqi refugees, with additional educational activities.
Frank Theatre, Minneapolis $  33,716
Frank Theatre will tour George Brant's play Grounded to four communities around the state of Minnesota.
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, Saint Paul $  22,531
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library will collaborate with libraries and literary presses across the state to present an innovative touring program featuring Minnesota Book Award winners.
Good Thunder Reading Series, Mankato $  32,645
The Good Thunder Reading Series will promote community engagement with the literary arts by presenting six writers for a series of readings, workshops, talks, and outreach events.
Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais $  34,640
The Grand Marais Art Colony will inspire creativity by presenting 30 touring artists from diverse backgrounds who will share their work with the Grand Marais community through jewelry and literary arts symposiums.
Great Northern Union Chorus, Minnetonka $  38,607
Great Northern Union Chorus will perform two major concerts with accompanying outreach activities in south central Minnesota, aimed at promoting a lifetime of singing.
History Theatre, Saint Paul $  97,150
History Theatre will tour Sweet Land the musical to six communities. Adapted from the feature film, Sweet Land by Ali Selim and short story by Will Weaver, the play is a celebration of love, land, and the immigrant experience in the wake of World War I.
Gao Hong, Eagan $  17,852
Pipa player Gao Hong will conduct performances and outreach activites featuring storytelling music from the Chinese pipa repertoire in small, rural community libraries throughout greater Minnesota.
IFP Minnesota, Saint Paul $  18,150
IFP Minnesota will present a series of documentary films in the Twin Cities, featuring filmmakers from around the country. Events will offer audiences the opportunity to see work rarely shown in this region.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis $  32,120
In the Heart of the Beast Theatre will tour The Story of Crow Boy based on Taro Yashima's compassionate vision that rose from experiences of war brutality and ethnic distrust. Performances will be accompanied by workshops that explore compassion through mask work and graphic novel journaling.
Katha Dance Theatre, Crystal $  32,000
Katha Dance Theatre will tour Yatra: The Journey to Northfield and Rochester. Audiences will experience a public performance, community inclusive workshops, and lecture/demonstrations.
Chris Koza, Minneapolis $  48,590
Koza and band members of Rogue Valley will tour to Austin, Worthington, Dawson, and Brainerd for a series of performances and inclusive music workshops for community members of all ages and abilities.
Annette S. Lee, Foreston $  39,579
Lee will tour the visual arts exhibit Native Skywatchers-Earth Sky Connections, featuring work created by four professional native artists and twenty community artists that explores the human connection to the cosmos.
Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Saint Paul $  35,042
The Lyra Baroque Orchestra will tour to Mankato, Saint Peter, and central Minnesota to present a master class, preconcert lecture, and concert of baroque music in each location.
MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids $  27,620
MacRostie Art Center will tour its exhibition What's Left: Lives Touched by Suicide to six communities in Minnesota, to stimulate proactive dialogue with a goal of reducing the stigma around mental illness and suicide.
Mathew Janczewski's ARENA DANCES, Minneapolis $  36,750
ARENA DANCES will tour to Northfield, Red Wing, and Detroit Lakes to present The Main Street Project, including intergenerational and community inclusive workshops for Minnesotans of all ages and abilities.
Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis $  15,030
Milkweed Editions will tour novelist Faith Sullivan and author, journalist, and local food expert Beth Dooley to communities in greater Minnesota.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Minneapolis $  23,125
The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will conduct library tours in four different regions of greater Minnesota, performing five concerts and one Guitar Ensemble Crash Course workshop in each region for a total of twenty concerts and four workshops.
Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm $  19,890
The Minnesota Discovery Center will present four performances that will increase community access to high quality touring artists, engage participants in musical performances, and grow community interest in the arts.
Minnesota Music Coalition, Saint Paul $  42,500
The Minnesota Music Coalition will present the seventh annual Caravan du Nord, a tour of independent musicians and industry professionals, featuring workshops, networking, and performances in communities throughout greater Minnesota.
Minnesota Orchestral Association, Minneapolis $  150,000
The Minnesota Orchestra will partner with Mankato community members to create a week of immersive musical activities and concerts designed specifically to appeal to and engage with the community's unique interests.
Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Moorhead $  13,175
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.
Mizna, Saint Paul $  15,672
Mizna will partner with the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University to tour the best of Mizna's Twin Cities Arab Film Fest to the Saint Cloud community.
John S. Munson, Circle Pines $  45,130
Munson and his artistic partners in the jazz/rock trio The New Standards will present a tour in five greater Minnesota communities, performing public concerts and educational outreach sessions in each community.
Northern Lights Music Festival, Inc., Aurora $  60,151
The Northern Lights Music Festival will tour its new production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, its first Russian language opera production.
The O'Shaughnessy, Saint Paul $  50,000
The O'Shaughnessy will present nationally celebrated choreographers Camille A. Brown and Rosie Herrera in separate residencies that examine personal and cultural history as part of the Women of Substance series.
Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis $  43,500
Ragamala Dance Company will present public performances and associated community outreach and engagement activities in Detroit Lakes, Worthington, Saint Cloud, and Wykoff.
Saint Olaf College, Northfield $  50,385
Saint Olaf College will present The Northfield Experience: A Site-Specific Performance Journey by Los Angeles artist Stephan Koplowitz in partnership with Carleton College and the City of Northfield. Performances will take place in May 2018.
Patrick E. Scully, Minneapolis $  23,412
Scully will tour Leaves of Grass - Uncut, to a variety of venues in greater Minnesota. It is a one-man show revealing the complexity of the life and times of Walt Whitman, a nineteenth century American poet who loved men and dared to write about it.
Luverne G. Seifert, Saint Anthony $  84,820
Seifert will present a music infused adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, using professional and community actors and musicians in three greater Minnesota communities to illuminate the water challenges facing our state.
The Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing $  72,100
The Sheldon Theatre's Enlighten Series will connect greater Minnesota audiences to three world-class performance events. The diverse works in the series will explore questions, celebrate the human spirit, and challenge everyday expectations of the stage.
Sounds of Hope, Ltd., West Saint Paul $  18,040
Songs of Hope will present a concert of global songs addressing issues of intolerance, hatred, and violence performed by young singers from countries around the globe, in four greater Minnesota communities.
Springboard for the Arts, Saint Paul $  10,000
Springboard for the Arts, in collaboration with the Kaddatz Gallery and the McKnight Gallery in Fergus Falls, will present Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art, a traveling exhibit organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Minneapolis $  49,500
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater will tour to Ely, Grand Rapids, and Lanesboro to present public performances and community inclusive workshops for residents ranging from elementary students to seniors in low income housing.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis $  61,685
Ten Thousand Things will bring ten performances of Euripides' Electra, Kira Obolensky's Park & Lake, or Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan to underserved audiences across greater Minnesota with artist led workshops, to deepen engagement.
Theater Latté Da, Minneapolis $  59,641
Theater Latté Da will bring its production of All is Calm, the Christmas Truce of 1914 to five communities in Minnesota.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  82,549
VocalEssence will partner with actor Don Shelby to tour River Songs and Tales with Mark Twain to audiences in four greater Minnesota communities. Tour activities will include a performance and community outreach events in each community.
Maya T. Washington, Plymouth $  11,250
Washington will tour her documentary film Through the Banks of the Red Cedar about her father, Viking's football legend Gene Washington and the racial desegregation of college football in America, to Duluth and Mankato.
Zeitgeist, Saint Paul $  36,165
Zeitgeist will tour MINNESOTA CONNECTIONS 2017-2018 to eight greater Minnesota communities featuring For the Birds with Victor Zupanc and Kevin Kling, Summer Rain with veena virtuoso Nirmala Rajasekar, and Pine Eyes the tale of Pinocchio.
Zenon Dance Company and School, Inc., Minneapolis $  49,605
Zenon Dance Company will tour to Albert Lea, Luverne, Grand Rapids, and Crookston to conduct cross-cultural evening length performances and workshops that showcase the diverse voices of modern and jazz choreographers.
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and School, Minneapolis $  19,070
Zorongo Flamenco will tour Café Flamenco, featuring traditional flamenco dance and music, and the all ages puppet show Tra Ti Ti Tran Tran Toro, an interactive immigration tale with easy to learn flamenco basics, to five greater Minnesota communities.


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