Theater Latte Da's "Steerage Song," which was produced last fall, will tour the state because of a state arts board grant./photo by Michal Daniel.


The Minnesota State Arts Board has posted the winners of 2014 arts touring grants. The program allows groups and individuals to bring the arts to greater Minnesota. Forty-one grants were made, totaling just more than $1.7 million.

The largest grants, for $100,000 each, went to Asian Media Access for a tour of a pan-Asian dance drama to three cities and to the Minnesota Orchestra for a Common Chords residency in Bemidji.

The jazz group, The New Standards, was awarded $93,000 to tour several cities throughout the state, including a holiday show in Rochester. VocalEssence will be granted $92,000 to tour southeast Minnesota and Theater Latte Da is authorized to use $88,000 to tour its original show, "Steerage Song," about the early 20th century immigrant experience.

The grants come with reporting requirements and certain levels of accountability. In the case of the Minnesota Orchestra, for example, the grant would only be paid if the organization has its musicians back at work for the September program in Bemidji. The Orchestra previously conducted a Common Chords tour to Grand Rapids in 2011, and in Willmar in 2012.

The full list is here.

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