Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
John M. Akre
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
June 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Hennepin
Ramsey
Itasca
Olmsted
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,000
Direct expenses
$6,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities. Minnesota artists are able to develop business skills needed to support their professional art work. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

By organizing the MinnAnimate animation festival I was able to meet other animators working in Minnesota. Building a community of animators can help people share resources and learn from each other. That achievement can be evaluated by the start up of a MinnAnimate Facebook group to share resources and grant opportunities, and by continued contact among many of the MinnAnimate animators, who had not met before the festival. 2: With the grant resources I was able to begin work on the script for a new animated feature project. The script that I wrote helped me to get a Jerome Foundation grant to further support work on that project. I also learned much of the business and organizational skills behind putting on a film festival by the work I did in organizing the MinnAnimate Animation Festival. I judge success from that from the number of people who told me that they want the festival to continue into the future, and the skills I learned from putting the first one together will help me do that.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Akre will promote his animated feature film, "Walker and Driver," through screenings and events that include the work of other Minnesota animators.
Project Manager
First Name
John
Last Name
Akre
Organization Name
John M. Akre
State
MN
Phone
(612) 382-4873
Email
jakre@earthlink.net
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002., Peggy Burnet, Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Michael Charron, Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Marlon Davidson: Artist, writer, and educator.; Roderick Massey: Artist; Aldo Moroni, Jr.: Artist; Seho Park: Professor of art, Winona State University. Visual artist.; Kimberlee Roth: Technician for the Art and Art History Department, St Catherine University. Ceramic artist.; Barbara Wood: Awards committee member, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Bead and textile artist.; Laura Youngbird: Art instructor and cultural counselor.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No