Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Steven L. Grandell AKA Venus DeMars
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Hennepin
Anoka
Sherburne
Wright
Carver
Scott
Dakota
Ramsey
Washington
Goodhue
St. Louis
Carlton
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$396
Direct expenses
$10,396
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To realize this performance piece, to share it with the LGBT and the larger community, and to develop dialogue between people with differing experiences. Through feedback from the proposed workshop and pre-presentation of the performance, through the dialogue during the Q and A session after the final performance, and through the actual ticket sales for the performances. 2: To realize this performance piece, share it with the LGBT and the larger community, and develop dialogue between people with differing experiences. Through feedback from the proposed workshop and pre-presentation of the performance, through the dialogue during the Q and A session after the final performance, and through the actual ticket sales for the performances.

Measurable Outcome(s)

A is directed to individual artist's work-life expansion, as a result of this performance realization. Proposed: To realize this performance piece. Share it with the LGBT and the larger community. To develop dialogue between people with different experiences. Outcome: Successful. Determined by my personal experience and observation of the individual support performers I invited to work with me, and their direct dialogue with me concerning their experiences of working with me. Also, by the attendances or Artists I heard from directly, during the grant workshops, and the final performance run, as well as the direct feedback my support performers and the gallery(s) staff relayed to me. 2: C is directed towards the audience's emotional life-expansion as a result of this performance realization. Proposed: To realize this performance piece. Share it with the LGBT and the larger community. To develop dialogue between people with different experiences. Outcome was successful. Determined by: my personal experience and observation of the attendances during the grant performance run and workshops and the amount of individual life-experience sharing by the variety of audience attendees who were present. Also from the direct feedback I got the press reviews and previewe during the final performance run as well as the direct feedback my support performers and gallery(s) staff relayed to me.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Grandell will create an intergenerational performance art piece using images, music, sound, and movement to explore this unique moment in Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender history; from the fearful past to the positive, yet anxious, present. A workshop performance will take place in Duluth.
Project Manager
First Name
Steven
Last Name
Grandell
Organization Name
Steven L. Grandell AKA Venus DeMars
State
MN
Phone
(612) 242-2843
Email
demars@prettyhorses.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: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. 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
Harold Cropp: Executive director, Commonweal Theater Company, Lanesboro; Heather Hamilton: Actor and director, Associate Professor of Theatre, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Actor and director; Samantha Johns: Director, actor, choreographer, scenic designer and painter, Minneapolis; Annie Rollins: Puppet, scenic, and costume designer, Minneapolis; Gregory Stavrou: Executive director, Rochester Civic Theatre; writer, director, designer, and producer; Saymoukda Vongsay: Lao American Poet, playwright, performance artist and arts advocate, St. Paul
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No