-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2018 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 1, 2017
Total dollars awarded November 1, 2017
$ 1,685,056

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Bach Society of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  11,156
Bach Society of Minnesota will collaborate with three communities to present an early music workshop and Baroque Mississippi Diamonds concert.
The Cedar, Minneapolis $  128,770
The Cedar and collaborators will host a ten day Midnimo residency for Somali and nonSomali audiences in Saint Cloud featuring Sweden based Somali artist Cali Dhaanto with a full live band.
Central Lakes College Foundation, Brainerd $  36,650
Verse Like Water, the visiting poet program of Central Lakes College, will organize, promote, and host first class readings and workshops with poets Billy Collins, Adam Zagajewski, Mary Szybist, and Peter Balakian.
Cheryl Nelson Losset Performing Arts Series, Moorhead $  20,000
Minnesota State University Moorhead will present four culturally and stylistically diverse performances of music and dance with related educational events for community members and students of all ages.
Community Celebration of Place, Minneapolis $  49,979
Community Celebration of Place will present the American Roots Revue in five greater Minnesota communities with an emphasis on reaching underserved populations.
Contempo Physical Dance, Shoreview $  21,995
Contempo Physical Dance will tour "SenZalma" to the Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative in Wykoff, Minnesota, and the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, making culturally diverse, high quality artistic work accessible to rural communities.
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, Saint Paul $  26,600
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, will present Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota author panels that connect and inspire readers and writers, in each of the state's twelve library regions.
Good Thunder Reading Series, Mankato $  31,900
The Good Thunder Reading Series will promote literature and inspire creativity by bringing six writers from diverse backgrounds and literary traditions to Mankato, Minnesota to participate in a series of readings, talks, and workshops.
Great Northern Union Chorus, Minnetonka $  39,424
Great Northern Union Chorus, an internationally acclaimed men's barbershop and a cappella chorus, will perform two major concerts and community engagements in northern Minnesota, aimed at promoting a lifetime of singing.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  45,860
In Progress will tour Exchange, a touring exhibit series that features photographic and video artwork by artists from Crookston, Bois Forte, Red Lake, Leech Lake, and Saint Paul. Exhibits tour through each community and culminate in a collective exhibit in Duluth.
Angela Jimenez, Minneapolis $  28,390
Harness-Jimenez will tour Racing Age,a photography exhibit about master athletes. Through workshops and public display of positive images of aging, elders and their communities will be invited to engage in positive dialogue about aging issues.
MACMH's Fidgety-Fairy Tales - The Mental Health Musicals, Saint Paul $  18,540
Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health will tour Fidgety Fairy Tales-The Mental Health Musicals to the Reif Arts Center and the Grand Rapids area chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to raise awareness about children's mental health in Grand Rapids.
Ifrah Mansour, Minneapolis $  20,000
Mansour will tour the multimedia piece How to have Fun in a Civil War to three greater Minnesota communities to illuminate the Muslim refugee stories of Somali citizens here in Minnesota.
Jeremy Messersmith, Richfield $  31,500
Messersmith will present concerts and community singing workshops in three Minnesota communities based on his songbook and record Eleven Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukulele: A Micro-Folk Record For The 21st Century And Beyond.
Brian T. Miller, Saint Paul $  11,157
Miller's duo The Lost Forty will perform Songs from Minnesot-I-O, a concert of traditional folk songs collected in Minnesota, in twelve greater Minnesota communities.
Peter M. Miller, Minneapolis $  48,590
Miller will tour with his band We Are The Willows to four communities to perform Picture (Portrait), a work inspired by 350 letters sent by the singer's grandfather to his grandmother in World War II that explore themes of family and identity. Miller will also host public storytelling workshops in each community.
Samuel P. Miltich, Grand Rapids $  13,844
Guitarist Miltich will present a musical performance accompanied by world class Minnesota musicians and interspersed with discussion of his own pursuit of creativity and wellbeing amidst the daily challenges of living with a serious mental illness.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Minneapolis $  24,067
The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will partner with four Minnesota choirs to perform a recently commissioned work for mixed choir and guitar quartet by Minnesota composer Jeffrey Van in four greater Minnesota communities.
John S. Munson, Lino Lakes $  16,767
Munson and his artistic partners in the jazz/rock trio The New Standards will perform public concerts with symphony orchestras in Grand Rapids and Mankato, and conduct educational outreach sessions in those communities.
Northern Lights.mn, Minneapolis $  99,500
Northern Lights.mn will partner with Reif Performing Arts Center and Rochester Art Center to bring a site specific mystery performance about water called Ruination: City of Dust to Grand Rapids and Rochester audiences in fall of 2018.
Obsidian Arts, Minneapolis $  10,375
Obsidian Arts will collaborate with arts galleries in two greater Minnesota cities to present Minnesota's first Black Fine Arts Show to audiences across the state, showcasing the depth of emerging local black visual art talent.
The O'Shaughnessy, Saint Paul $  68,000
The O'Shaughnessy will host singer, songwriter, and activist Toshi Reagon and the cast of her operatic adaptation of Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler. The residency will include two performances and all ages outreach activities.
Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault $  21,155
The Paradise Center for the Arts will collaborate with visual, acoustic, and literary artists to present Acoustic Gallery, a series of social gatherings that build community and raise awareness and exposure to a variety of artistic forms.
Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis $  73,500
Ragamala Dance Company will present public performances and associated community outreach and engagement activities in six Minnesota communities: Chatfield, Grand Rapids, New York Mills, Austin, Faribault, and Duluth.
Reif Center, Grand Rapids $  148,320
The Reif Center will collaborate with nine other arts presenters around Minnesota to present a ten stop tour of tap troupe Rhythmic Circus for public performances and outreach activities.
Scotty Reynolds, Saint Paul $  31,426
Reynolds will tour the outdoor production Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County: A Picnic Operetta uniting comic opera, Minnesota history, and sustainable agriculture, to Babbitt, Cook, and Finland in the fall of 2018.
Patrick E. Scully, Minneapolis $  24,804
Scully will tour Leaves of Grass - Illuminated to multiple communities in greater Minnesota. This one man show reveals the complexity of the life and times of Walt Whitman, a 19th century American poet who loved men and dared to write about it.
Luverne G. Seifert, Saint Anthony $  103,437
Seifert will present a music infused adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, using professional and community actors and musicians, in eight greater Minnesota communities to illuminate the water challenges facing our state.
Shapiro and Smith Dance, Minneapolis $  46,398
Shapiro and Smith Dance will perform "Bolero" and additional dance works featuring nine female dancers in three Minnesota communities. It will conduct outreach activities with women's shelters, female first responders, and dance students.
The Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing $  68,700
The historic Sheldon Theatre will connect greater Minnesota audiences to three world class performance events through the Enlighten Series. The diverse works in the series explore questions, celebrate the human spirit, and challenge everyday expectations of the stage.
Loretta J. Simonet, Minneapolis $  16,427
Simonet will present When There's Good to Be Done, a concert of songs she wrote about real life Minnesota unsung heroes that highlights extraordinary strength in those among us, with her folk music duo, Curtis and Loretta.
Sounds of Hope, Ltd., West Saint Paul $  27,425
Sounds of Hope will bring a concert featuring the cultural songs and dances of 85 children and young adults from fifteen countries worldwide to six cities in southern and western Minnesota.
The Stevie Ray's Theatre Company, Burnsville $  16,950
Stevie Ray's Theater Company will pilot a tour of The Life and Death Comedy Show to audiences in Ulen, Minnesota, providing access to improvisation performing arts.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Minneapolis $  49,500
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater will tour to Ely, Red Wing, and Detroit Lakes to present public performances as well as community inclusive workshops and classes for residents ranging from elementary students to senior adults.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis $  48,935
Ten Thousand Things will bring nine performances from its 2018/2019 season, and four workshops, to host collaborators across five counties in greater Minnesota who share excitement to explore how the arts can help better serve their communities.
TU Dance, Saint Paul $  39,527
TU Dance will tour for the first time to Grand Rapids for classes, outreach, and a public performance during a two week residency at the Reif Center in January 2019, serving rural and low income Minnesotans.
Matt Wilson, Minneapolis $  48,208
Wilson and his band The Twilight Hours will perform their music in theatrical settings with a cast of dramatic actors in five greater Minnesota communities.
Aby Wolf, Minneapolis $  45,000
Wolf will tour Champagne Confetti, a new contemporary work for strings, voices, electronics, and percussion, to Ely, Duluth, and Brainerd for a series of week long community inclusive workshops and performances with her eight member ensemble.
Zenon Dance Company and School, Inc., Minneapolis $  47,640
Zenon Dance Company will tour to Red Wing, Grand Marais, Northfield, and Duluth to conduct evening length performances and community outreach, showcasing diverse modern and jazz dance works by Minnesota and New York choreographers.
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and School, Minneapolis $  24,640
Zorongo will perform "Caravan" with 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 nine Minnesota communities.


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