-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2020 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:
$ 2,001,007

Grantee, City Grant Amount
The Anderson Center, Red Wing $  24,045
The Anderson Center will present poetry readings and related community workshops by three nationally renowned poets with diverse backgrounds to broaden audiences for the Center's programming and introduce new audiences to the poets.
Cantus, Minneapolis $  40,401
Cantus and the Bach Society of Minnesota will collaborate on a varied program of vocal and instrumental chamber music, supplemented by education outreach, in three communities in northern Minnesota.
Linda N. Chatterton, Minneapolis $  21,288
Linda Chatterton's flute and harp duo will tour to New Ulm, Faribault, Marshall, and New York Mills for a series of performances and community education outreach for all ages.
Cheryl Nelson Losset Performing Arts Series, Moorhead $  10,872
Minnesota State University Moorhead will present two stylistically, culturally diverse performances of music along with related educational activities for the public and for students.
College of Saint Benedict Fine Arts Programming, Saint Joseph $  64,115
The College of Saint Benedict will host a week of residency activities with dance company Diavolo that will include a matinee and full length evening performance. This project will engage multiple community groups through tailored activities.
COMPAS, Saint Paul $  49,360
COMPAS will present music and dance of Haiti and Japan by the performing groups Afoutayi and Ensō Daiko in 74 performances for intergenerational audiences in northern and central Minnesota libraries.
Copper Street Brass, Minneapolis $  10,829
Copper Street Brass will present its "Leading Ladies" concert and outreach program, that celebrates the contributions of women composers and performers, in two greater Minnesota communities.
James G. Everest, Minneapolis $  14,960
Everest will collaborate with local organizations to present community art and nature workshops and his Sound Garden performance installations at two outdoor sites: Sibley State Park, New London; and Harbor Park, Grand Marais.
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, Saint Paul $  31,260
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 Minnesota Book Award winning writers.
Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes $  99,925
The Historic Holmes Theatre and four additional Minnesota presenters across the state will present public performances and outreach activities by The Kingdom Choir, a gospel choir based in Southeast England that performed at the British royal wedding in 2018.
History Theatre, Saint Paul $  99,925
The History Theatre will tour its hit musical Glensheen to three communities in greater Minnesota. The tour will bring an award winning musical, created by Minnesota artists about Minnesota history, to a large cross section of Minnesota audiences.
Gao Hong, Northfield $  21,968
Gao Hong will tour to small and midsize Minnesota towns, offering a choice of two new pipa music programs.
Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $  49,045
Illusion Theater will tour Present, a one-person musical story about African American artist T. Mychael Rambo's journey from homelessness to inspirational performer, teacher, and mentor, to six communities in greater Minnesota.
In Progress, Saint Paul $  43,144
In Progress will present Exchange, a touring exhibition series that features photographic and video artwork by artists from Crookston, Bois Forte, Red Lake, Leech Lake, and Saint Paul. Exhibitions will tour through each community and culminate in a collective exhibition in Duluth.
Interact, Saint Paul $  84,256
Interact will present Here. Them. Now., a production that uses theatrical movement, music, and interactively staged works of visual art to explore desire, gender identity, sexuality, and human connections as experienced by Interact's company of artists with disabilities.
Teresa L. Konechne, Henderson $  14,100
Teresa Knoechne will screen The Farmer Diaries, short art videos of Minnesota farmers talking about farming and current issues, in three southeast Minnesota communities followed by community panels and facilitated discussions about issues in the films.
Chris Koza, Minneapolis $  49,768
Chris Koza and his band will tour to Northfield, Red Wing, Brainerd, and Saint Cloud for a series of performances and inclusive residency activities for community members of all ages and abilities.
Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Saint Paul $  26,794
The Lyra Baroque Orchestra will tour to communities in Rushford, Vasa, and Winona giving a master class, preconcert lecture, and concert of baroque music on period instruments in each location.
Mathew Janczewski's ARENA DANCES, Minneapolis $  38,778
ARENA DANCES will tour a new work, Hold My Hand, which explores issues of gun violence in America, with a score by Minnesota composer Joshua Clausen, to three Minnesota communities: Duluth, Detroit Lakes, and Brainerd.
Jeremy Messersmith, Richfield $  32,989
Jeremy Messersmith will present concerts, community singing, and ukulele workshops in three Minnesota communities based on his songbook and record, 11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukulele: A Micro-Folk Record For The 21st Century and Beyond.
Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, Arden Hills $  66,257
The Remember Project, in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, will tour three plays in seven rural Minnesota communities to raise awareness and support efforts to create a dementia capable Minnesota.
Brian T. Miller, Saint Paul $  12,458
Brian Miller's duo, The Lost Forty, will perform concerts of traditional folk songs collected in Minnesota, in fourteen greater Minnesota communities.
Peter M. Miller, Minneapolis $  48,714
We Are The Willows will tour to four communities to host storytelling workshops and perform Picture (Portrait), a project inspired by 350 letters sent by the singer's grandfather to his grandmother in WWII that explore themes of family and identity.
Minnesota Music Coalition, Saint Paul $  37,275
The Minnesota Music Coalition's Caravan du Nord will present a traveling showcase of music that brings top Minnesota artists, emerging musicians, and local performers to towns in greater Minnesota for workshops, performances, and networking.
Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis $  100,000
The Minnesota Orchestra will tour to Saint Peter, Detroit Lakes, and Grand Rapids to present public performances and associated community engagement activities that will deepen previously established relationships and create new connections.
Northern Lights Music Festival, Inc., Aurora $  61,122
The Northern Lights Music Festival will tour its new production of the Puccini's Tosca, including symphonic, chamber music, and Opera Scenes programs, along with a new production of Menotti's The Medium, to communities in the Iron Range.
One Voice Mixed Chorus, Saint Paul $  40,972
One Voice Mixed Chorus will tour Rise Like a Phoenix to Saint Joseph, Morris, and Saint Cloud featuring collaborative rehearsals, visual art, and shared choral performance with local youth and young adults.
The O'Shaughnessy, Saint Paul $  25,076
The O'Shaughnessy will host music activist Toshi Reagon and her all female BIGLovely band, with local artists leading community engagements. Activities will focus on the connection between music and social activism.
Mary Prescott, Minneapolis $  19,899
Mary Prescott will tour an original music theater performance, artist discussions, and a cast of internationally renowned musicians to Rochester, increasing community access to and building audience engagement with unique, high quality performance.
Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis $  27,900
Ragamala Dance Company will present public performances and associated community outreach and engagement activities in four Minnesota communities: Winona, Morris, Bigfork, and Faribault.
Reif Center, Grand Rapids $  63,696
The Reif Center will collaborate with five other Minnesota presenters to bring The Steeles to our respective communities for public performances and outreach activities that will increase access to high quality touring artists.
Rachel Ries, Minneapolis $  49,793
Rachel Ries will tour to four communities: Grand Rapids, Detroit Lakes, Fairmont, and Faribault. 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.
Saint Paul Almanac, Saint Paul $  44,140
Arcata Press will present Duluth 2020: One Hundred Years of Remembering, a film tour and series of community engagement events using art to generate cross cultural dialogue and healing around issues of injustice and cultural trauma.
SHAPESHIFT, Minneapolis $  24,771
SHAPESHIFT will perform Grey Skies Blue for cross generational audiences and people from different backgrounds in several greater Minnesota communities.
Shapiro & Smith Dance, Minneapolis $  46,684
Shapiro & Smith Dance will present public performances and conduct empowering outreach activities with women's shelters, female first responders, seniors, and dance students in New Ulm, Detroit Lakes, and Saint Cloud.
The Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing $  70,000
The historic Sheldon Theatre's Enlighten Series will connect greater Minnesota audiences to three international performance events featuring women at the helm, offering styles, forms, and content that expand everyday expectations of the stage.
Sod House Theater, Saint Anthony Village $  90,622
Sod House Theater will tour Arla Mae's Booyah Wagon to eight greater Minnesota communities to illuminate the advantages of buying and eating fresh produce from local farms.
Sounds of Hope, Ltd., West St Paul $  26,890
Sounds of Hope will bring a concert featuring the cultural songs and dances of 75 children and young adults from fourteen countries worldwide to six cities south and west of the Twin Cities.
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Minneapolis $  49,500
Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater's Community Connections Tour will include one week residencies in Faribault, Duluth, and Ely to present public performances as well as community inclusive workshops and classes for diverse populations.
Ten Thousand Things Theater, Saint Paul $  48,595
Ten Thousand Things will bring nine performances from its 2019-2020 season and three workshops to host partners across three counties in greater Minnesota who are interested to share the work of Ten Thousand Things with their communities.
Elle Thoni, Minneapolis $  22,190
Elle Thoni will tour Queen B, an original theatrical production of honeybee futurism, to farm settings in four Minnesota communities, increasing access to multidisciplinary arts experiences and facilitating creative conversations around pollinators.
TU Dance, Saint Paul $  47,210
TU Dance will tour to the Minnesota communities of Red Wing and Moorhead for public performances and related educational activities.
VocalEssence, Minneapolis $  73,718
VocalEssence will travel the state to share choral arrangements of Bob Dylan's greatest hits. The tour will bring 70 artists to three communities for high quality performance and community engagement celebrating the great music of Minnesota.
Aby Wolf, Minneapolis $  45,003
Aby Wolf will tour Champagne Confetti, a contemporary work for strings, voices, electronics, and percussion to Brainerd, Fairmont, and New York Mills for a series of four-day community inclusive workshops and performances with her eleven-member ensemble.
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and School, Minneapolis $  30,700
Zorongo will use the grassroots appeal of Spanish flamenco dance and music to tell contemporary stories about the plight of homelessness and the immigrant experience in seventeen venues for adults and children.


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