-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2019 Grantees

Arts Tour Minnesota

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

Number of grants awarded:
Total dollars awarded:
$ 2,029,047

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Alliance Française of Minneapolis/St Paul, Minneapolis $  11,349
Alliance Française will present Gaëlle Wondje, engaging the Minneapolis and Rochester communities in an authentic experience of traditional and contemporary Cameroonian music through a female voice.
The Anderson Center, Red Wing $  10,090
The Anderson Center will present poetry readings and related community workshops by three nationally renowned poets/performers with diverse backgrounds, to broaden audiences for the center's programming and introduce new audiences to the poets/performers.
Arts Midwest, Minneapolis $  43,788
Arts Midwest will tour two international musical ensembles from Israel and Brazil to Fairmont, Minnesota, for weeklong residencies through Arts Midwest World Fest, fostering understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences.
Augsburg University, Minneapolis $  111,042
Augsburg University and West Bank Athletic Club (WBAC) will expand WBAC's popular annual soccer tournament with arts and cultural events including live music, an arts fair, and hands-on workshops featuring United Kingdom based Somali singer Farxiya Fiska in residence.
Bach Society of Minnesota, Saint Paul $  23,741
Bach Society of Minnesota will present a historically influenced early music concert, Music Crossing Cultures, along with a workshop/masterclass in Mankato, Marshall, and Bemidji.
The Bakken Trio, Minneapolis $  20,060
The Bakken Trio is collaborating with playwright Mina Fisher and singer/actress Christina Baldwin to present Nadia, a one woman tour de force about the legendary musician Nadia Boulanger in which Nadia's memories are triggered by chamber music.
Cantus, Minneapolis $  35,239
Cantus will perform its One Giant Leap program, which uses choral music to celebrate innovation and discovery, in five geographically dispersed communities in northern Minnesota. It will also offer master classes to community and student choirs.
Cheryl Nelson Losset Performing Arts Series, Moorhead $  25,000
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.
College of Saint Benedict Fine Arts Programming, Saint Joseph $  43,405
College of Saint Benedict will present Ballet Hispanico for a week of residency activity, a school matinee, and a public performance that will develop new or deepened appreciation for diverse forms of dance.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  35,625
Intergenerational audiences will experience the joyful, community oriented culture and music of either the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Brazil as COMPAS tours performing groups Siama's Congo Music and Ticket to Brazil through forty northern and central Minnesota libraries.
DanceCo, Minneapolis $  10,000
DanceCo will present a two-day residency in Marshall, consisting of one public performance of Expectation Station with a preshow workshop, one in-school performance, and a movement class for dancers with special needs or physical limitations.
Flying Foot Forum, Minneapolis $  53,176
Flying Foot Forum will tour French Twist, a fantastical mélange of hyperkinetic dancing, rapid-fire rhyming, wildly inventive percussion and live onstage music to greater Minnesota communities with accompanying outreach activities.
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, Saint Paul $  29,333
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library will present Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota, working with the state's twelve regional library systems to increase community access to writers who have won the Minnesota Book Award.
Good Thunder Reading Series, Mankato $  39,792
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.
Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes $  95,233
Five Minnesota presenters across the state will present a tour of Seven, a documentary play about seven heroic women from Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia, and Cambodia, for public performances and outreach activities.
Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins $  52,707
Hopkins Center for the Arts will bring in world renowned Jazz composer Maria Schneider and her full orchestra to present a concert as well as present public workshops and educational workshops.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  57,500
Illusion Theater will tour The Pink Unicorn to nine Minnesota communities. It is about a mother coming to terms with, and becoming an advocate for, her gender queer child, inspired by the personal experiences of playwright Elise Forier Edie.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  49,485
Exchange is 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.
Iraqi-MN Art Project, Minneapolis $  46,220
Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project will tour Birds Sing Differently Here, an original bilingual theater production based on and told by Iraqi Minnesotan immigrants and refugees, directed by Taous Khazem, to three communities around the state of Minnesota.
Katha Dance Theatre, Crystal $  28,295
Katha Dance Theatre will tour Ritu - The Seasons, feauturing an international collaboration of artists, to Grand Rapids, Hibbing, and Mankato.
Taous C. Khazem, Saint Paul $  23,551
Sunrise at Midnight, a dynamic theater piece with original songs that bring together stories from the Kabyle folktale tradition from Algeria, will tour to four different communities in greater Minnesota.
Chris Koza, Minneapolis $  49,768
Koza and his band will tour to work with four greater Minnesota communities (Faribault, Fairmont, Ulen, New York Mills) for a series of performances and inclusive residency activities for community members of all ages and abilities.
Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Saint Paul $  19,321
The Lyra Baroque Orchestra will tour to communities in Rushford and Vasa, giving a master class, preconcert lecture, and concert of baroque music in each location.
MACMH's Fidgety-Fairy Tales - The Mental Health Musicals, Saint Paul $  18,825
MACMH's Fidgety-Fairy Tales - The Mental Health Musicals will collaborate with PACT for Families to raise awareness about children's mental health near Willmar.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Minneapolis $  17,137
The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will conduct three Minnesota library tours in the Great River Regional Library system, performing five concerts and one guitar ensemble crash course workshop on each tour for a total of fifteen concerts and three workshops.
Minnesota Music Coalition, Saint Paul $  38,345
The Minnesota Music Coalition will present the ninth annual Caravan du Nord, a tour of independent musicians and industry professionals, featuring workshops, networking, and dynamic performances in communities throughout greater Minnesota.
Minnesota Orchestral Association, Minneapolis $  100,000
The Minnesota Orchestra will collaborate with residents of Austin, Minnesota to develop a special week of immersive musical activities and concerts in a wide range of spaces throughout that community.
Minnesota Sinfonia, Minneapolis $  10,465
The Minnesota Sinfonia will present a concert in Red Wing that will increase access to quality orchestral music, engage participants in learning from the experience of performing with a professional orchestra, and grow community interest in the arts.
Mizna, Saint Paul $  21,600
The Arab American arts organization Mizna, collaborating with the visual arts space SooVAC, will tour selections of visual art and film from Arab and Muslim creatives to central and west central Minnesota.
John S. Munson, Lino Lakes $  61,936
Munson and his artistic collaborators will perform public concerts of Score!, a full program of music from films, in five Minnesota communities, and conduct educational outreach sessions at each location.
Oratory Bach Ensemble, Minneapolis $  10,000
Oratory Bach Ensemble will perform J. S. Bach's secular comedies in New Ulm and Northfield as part of its Bach & Brews series. Tour stops will include master classes and performance collaborations with youth string musicians in each community.
The O'Shaughnessy, Saint Paul $  50,000
As part of Women of Substance, The O'Shaughnessy will present the dance opera Antigona by Noche Flamenca. This classic tale is retold through flamenco, hip-hop, ballet, and live music, by flamenco dancer/choreographer legend Soledad Barrio and company.
Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis $  60,450
Ragamala Dance Company will present public performances and associated community outreach and engagement activities in three Minnesota communities: Red Wing, Lanesboro, and Saint Joseph.
Reif Center, Grand Rapids $  118,222
The Reif Center will collaborate with other arts collaborators around Minnesota to present Triple Espresso (actors, comedians, musicians) for public performances and outreach activities that will expand community interest in interactive performances.
Rachel Ries, Minneapolis $  49,771
Ries will tour to four Minnesota communities: Worthington, Austin, Northfield, and New York Mills. In each community, participants of all ages and abilities will be invited to form a rock and roll community choir and perform alongside her band, Her Crooked Heart.
Rochester Art Center, Rochester $  20,629
Rochester Art Center will present Soomaal House of Art to provide these artists, united by an ambition and devotion to create consequential artwork that investigates the visual representation of its community, the opportunity to share their work with Rochester.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Page Theatre, Winona $  75,130
The Page Theatre will present two internationally acclaimed dance companies in performance and residency activities reaching audiences of all ages and backgrounds from Winona and surrounding areas.
Shapiro & Smith Dance, Minneapolis $  32,541
Shapiro and Smith Dance will present public performances and conduct empowering outreach activities with women's shelters, female first responders, and dance students in Duluth and Mankato.
The Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing $  79,550
The historic Sheldon Theatre's Enlighten Series connects greater Minnesota audiences to three world-class performance events, featuring styles, forms, and content that expand everyday expectations of the stage.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Minneapolis $  49,500
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater's Community Connections Tour will include one-week residencies in Northfield, Fergus Falls, and Worthington to present public performances as well as community inclusive workshops and classes for diverse populations.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Minneapolis $  48,603
Ten Thousand Things will bring ten performances from its 2019-20 season and three workshops to host partners across three counties in greater Minnesota who are interested to share the work of TTT with their communities.
TigerLion Arts, Minneapolis $  101,000
TigerLion Arts will tour Nature, an outdoor walking play exploring humankind's relationship to nature through the lives of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau and their mutual love of the natural world to six arboretums and parks in Minnesota.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  83,949
VocalEssence will travel the state to Get Minnesota Singing! The tour will bring a multigenerational choir for high quality performance and community engagement with local singers in three cities that celebrates many cultures and styles of music.
Aby Wolf, Minneapolis $  44,589
Wolf will tour Champagne Confetti, a contemporary work for strings, voices, electronics, and percussion. The tour will include Detroit Lakes, Red Wing, and Grand Rapids for a series of four-day community inclusive workshops and performances with her eleven member ensemble.
Zeitgeist, Saint Paul $  23,085
Zeitgeist will reach three communities through Minnesota Connections featuring a tour of Crocus Hill Ghost Story by composer Julie Johnson and author Cheri Johnson. It will be performed by Zeitgeist and Julie Johnson, musicians; and D. J. Mendel, narrator.


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