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MINNESOTA STATE ARTS BOARD AWARDS ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND GRANTS SUPPORTING ARTS TOURS THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA


Wed, Mar 6th, 2013
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Saint Paul, MN -The Minnesota State Arts Board today awarded 34 grants to Minnesota artists and organizations through the FY 2013 Arts Tour Minnesota program. These Arts Board grants, totalling $1,584,492, support Minnesota touring artists and arts organizations to present concerts, theater, dance, puppetry, readings, and workshops to new Minnesota communities, and support Minnesota organizations to host diverse touring artists. The grants are estimated to serve 80,000 community members.



Arts Tour Minnesota grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature to the Minnesota State Arts Board from the State's arts and cultural heritage fund. The Arts Tour Minnesota grant program ensures that more Minnesotans and communities access art by diverse local, national, and international artists.



Some of the activities supported by FY 2013 Arts Tour Minnesota grants include: Minnesota State University-Mankato hosting seventeen regional and national writers for the 2013-2014 Good Thunder Reading Series; the Minnesota Opera presenting Puccini's _La bohème_ in Faribault; the vocal ensemble Cantus performing in Bemidji, Glenwood, and Wadena; Shapiro and Smith Dance bringing their acclaimed work about the 1894 Hinckley fire to Hinckley and Grand Marais; and the History Theatre touring _Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall_ to Grand Rapids, Detroit Lakes, and Dawson.



Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2013 Arts Tour Minnesota Grantees



SHARI G. ARONSON, MINNEAPOLIS $63,161

Puppeteer Aronson and collaborators will tour Z Puppets Monkey Mind Pirates performances and workshops to sixteen northern Minnesota sites in summer 2013, integrating puppetry, music, and yoga to give families creative tools for finding calm.



ARTS MIDWEST, MINNEAPOLIS $37,213

Arts Midwest World Fest, a performing arts touring program, will present international musicians in week-long residencies in rural Midwestern communities.



BACH SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA, SAINT PAUL $7,125

The Bach Society of Minnesota will tour baroque and jazz music to Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter in order to expand the Bach Society's audience and to support the college's role in the local music community.



CANTUS, MINNEAPOLIS $33,948

Cantus will perform its program, _A Place for Us_, in Bemidji, Glenwood, and Wadena. Open rehearsals in each community will share best practices in working collaboratively.



CENTRAL SQUARE, GLENWOOD $14,900

Central Square, in Glenwood, will present the world-famous tenor J. Mark McVey and singer/songwriter John Gorka in concert, along with a number of community engagement activities, such as workshops, performances in area nursing homes and schools, and a flash mob music event in downtown Glenwood.



CITIZENS FOR BACKUS / ALEXANDER BAKER, INC., INTERNATIONAL FALLS $48,900

Backus Community Center will present two diverse performances as part of its 2013-14 season, including music by Chris Koza and Rogue Valley, and _The Mill_, a play by Jeannine Coulombe.



COLLEGE OF SAINT BENEDICT FINE ARTS PROGRAMMING, SAINT JOSEPH $18,640

The College of Saint Benedict will present the free outdoor concert series, Sunset Stages at Saint Ben's, featuring five Minnesota artists, to engage the Saint Joseph community in summer arts activities.



THE COLLEGE OF SAINT SCHOLASTICA, DULUTH $18,000

The College of Saint Scholastica will present three performances featuring Minnesota artists Rhythmic Circus, Connie Evingson, and Ameriikan Poijat. They will also offer youth workshops on tap dancing and jazz styling for high school choirs.



CONTEMPORARY DANCE ARTS, INC., MINNEAPOLIS $38,560

Shapiro and Smith Dance will stage performances of _Burning Air_, its acclaimed work about the 1894 Hinckley Fire, in Hinckley and Grand Marais. It will provide a host of community activities to deepen engagement with the dance, including a community talk about how the fire affected Pine County, interactive programs for seniors and upper elementary students, and a workshop with a high school creative writing class on turning historical events into art.



THE GALACTIC COWBOY ORCHESTRA, SHAKOPEE $43,904

Elisa Wright and The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra will share original music and provide educational outreach (Intergalactic Music Challenge) or senior home outreach (Remembering Through Music) with seven greater Minnesota communities.



HISTORY THEATRE, SAINT PAUL $75,700

History Theatre will tour its acclaimed musical theater production of _Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall_ to Grand Rapids, Detroit Lakes, and Dawson. Each performance will be accompanied by programs to deepen the experience for audiences.



Illusion Theater, Minneapolis $95,030

Illusion Theater will tour _Jeffrey Hatcher's Hamlet_, a one-man show that harks back to Hatcher's first theater experience: adapting and not starring in his 5th grade production of _Hamlet_. Illusion Theater will bring performances and workshops to eleven communities.



JAMES SEWELL BALLET, MINNEAPOLIS $90,478

James Sewell Ballet will tour _Lover _and _Your Move_ to eight Minnesota venues, featuring dance, live music, and audience participation in movement creativity.



KATHA DANCE THEATRE, CRYSTAL $30,700

Katha Dance Theatre will present performances in Grand Rapids and Glenwood, and will partner with both communities to conduct outreach activities on the arts and culture of India.



MICHELLE M. KINNEY, GOLDEN VALLEY $50,840

Jelloslave, which includes two cellos, tablas, and drums, will present a multi-genre, cross-cultural performance, celebrating the cello's ability to touch and inspire the human spirit throughout musical history and across cultural boundaries. Performances will take place in Orr, Ely, Tofte, Duluth, Grand Marais, Grand Rapids, Glenwood, Fergus Falls, Luverne, Lanesboro, and Zumbrota.



MILKWEED EDITIONS, MINNEAPOLIS $12,500

Milkweed Editions will conduct an author tour comprising 10-15 events, featuring botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer (fall 2013) and poet Sean Hill (April 2014).



MINNEAPOLIS GUITAR QUARTET, MINNEAPOLIS $34,444

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, partnering with Colette Illarde (flamenco dance) and Gao Hong (Chinese pipa/composer) will conduct a tour in greater Minnesota, performing six formal concerts and twelve outreach activities. Tour stops include Faribault, Lanesboro, Grand Rapids, Saint Cloud, Willmar, and Grand Marais.



MINNESOTA GUITAR SOCIETY, MINNEAPOLIS $31,500

Minnesota Guitar Society will present twelve concerts, plus workshops, master classes, and in-school visits by guitarists (and an oud player) from the United States and abroad. Activities will take place in several Minnesota cities.



Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis $83,973

Minnesota Opera, in collaboration with Shattuck-Saint Mary's, will stage a performance of Puccini's _La bohème_ on June 14, 2013, provided for free to the public in Faribault and surrounding areas.



MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA, MINNEAPOLIS $100,000

Minnesota Orchestra will work with Detroit Lakes community members to provide a week of "Common Chords by the Minnesota Orchestra" events in September 2013.



Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato $81,011

The Good Thunder Reading Series brings vital voices in contemporary literature to south central Minnesota. The series features seventeen writers during its 2013-2014 season, and includes residencies, public readings, and other activities.



MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY-MOORHEAD, MOORHEAD $30,000

Minnesota State University-Moorhead's Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series includes a performance by pianist Christopher O'Riley with cellist Matt Haimovitz; Aquila Theatre's production of _Twelfth Night_; folk singer Suzanne Vega; and James Sewell Ballet's _The Divine Comedy_. Educational activities also are planned.



MONROE CROSSING, BROOKLYN CENTER $55,000

Monroe Crossing will collaborate with eleven presenting partners in greater Minnesota to produce bluegrass concerts and supportive educational/community outreach programs about bluegrass music.



NORTHERN LIGHTS MUSIC FESTIVAL, GILBERT $34,925

The Northern Lights Music Festival will tour its fully staged production of Puccini's _La bohème_ to Chisholm and Ely. The Northern Lights Music Festival Chamber Players will present programs in Duluth, Virginia, Chisholm, and Ely.



ONE VOICE MIXED CHORUS, SAINT PAUL $63,522

One Voice Mixed Chorus will travel to Duluth, Big Fork, and Little Falls to perform the music of Minnesota composers. The concert will be presented in partnership with nonprofit community groups and will engage local audiences as performers. Twin Cities Public Television will produce a documentary.



PAGES OF MUSIC WITH ROLF AND CARRIE, APPLE VALLEY $18,598

OboeBass, the Vecchione/Erdahl duo, will collaborate with six presenters in a 24-program tour of recitals and Pages of Music with Rolf and Carrie educational programs, touring to seventeen communities across Minnesota.



RAGAMALA DANCE, MINNEAPOLIS $38,800

Ragamala Dance will present performances of _Sacred Earth_ and conduct related community outreach activities in partnership with Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Paramount Theater in Austin, Rochester Community and Technical College, and the University of Minnesota, Duluth.



THE ROSE ENSEMBLE, SAINT PAUL $91,220

The Rose Ensemble will conduct a ten-city tour of _And Glory Shone Around_ (featuring early American ballads, hymns, and dances), with concerts, preconcert educational programs, and programs for schools or senior citizen centers.



ANNE E. SAWYER-AITCH, MINNEAPOLIS $12,750

Sawyer-Aitch will tour her puppet show, _Nalah and the Pink Tiger_, and provide a workshop in ten greater Minnesota towns, partnering with arts organizations and family social service agencies to provide further access to audiences. The tour will go to Faribault, Owatonna, Mankato, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Big Fork, Brainerd, Albert Lea, Red Wing, and Rochester.



LUVERNE G. SEIFERT, SAINT ANTHONY $67,369

Seifert will present a site-specific adaptation of _The Visit_, featuring professional and local actors and musicians, at historic villages in Albert Lea, East Grand Forks, and Worthington in summer 2013.



THE SINGERS-MINNESOTA CHORAL ARTISTS, MINNEAPOLIS $48,980

The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists will work with community partners in Moorhead, Glenwood, Winona, and Rochester to present concerts, master classes, and shared rehearsals. This expanded tour will take place over two weekends in early 2014.



TEN THOUSAND THINGS, MINNEAPOLIS $24,371

Ten Thousand Things will tour _A Midsummer Night's Dream_ and _The Music Man_ to Worthington, Pine River, and Brainerd.



TU DANCE, SAINT PAUL $44,020

TU Dance will tour to Dawson, Detroit Lakes, and Red Wing to present public performances of a new modern dance series and to partner with communities to conduct classes and engage local audiences.



ZORONGO FLAMENCO DANCE AND THEATRE, MINNEAPOLIS $44,410

Zorongo Flamenco Dance and Theatre will visit seven Minnesota communities with a program of traditional flamenco and new work based on the poems of Gabriela Mistral and the music of Gonzalo Grau. The tour will go to Mankato, Northfield, Cloquet, Brainerd, Grand Rapids, Saint Peter, and Morris.



FIND ALL ARTS BOARD FY 2013 GRANTEES AND PROJECTS AT WWW.ARTS.STATE.MN.US/GRANTS/2013 [1].



The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts. The Arts Board receives an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature from the State's arts and cultural heritage fund and from the State's general fund, and it receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and private sources. The Arts Board offers grants, services, and other resources to individuals and organizations throughout the state to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. Additional information about the Arts Board can be found online at www.arts.state.mn.us [2].

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