Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Sarah M. Greer
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Greer will work with local and regional artists to develop, document, and perform an improvised vocal work called Between.
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
Barbara Depman: Music Administrator for Choral Arts Ensemble, Rochester; Linda Haugen: Composer; Asako Hirabayashi: Composer and harpsichordist; Laurie Johnson: Director of Performing Arts, Paramount Theater and Visual Arts Center, Saint Cloud; Natalie Nowytski: Vocalist, composer and performer.; Karen Quiroz: Professional vocalist, Brazilian music.; Ann Reed: Songwriter, singer
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
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
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To further expand my expertise at developing, directing, and presenting my improvised vocal projects to audiences. Present live performances of Between in public venue(s). Review and critique project recordings (audio and video). Document consultations with experts. Solicit artist and audience feedback (interviews and talkbacks). 2: To create improvised vocal work that involves and engages Minnesota audiences and artists in a vibrant and dynamic way. Artist interviews. Audience talk-back session transcripts and recordings. Number of artists involved in finished performance. Ticket sales.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Balancing the roles of artist, producer and director while creating BETWEEN was demanding, but it was also hugely instructional and rewarding. I learned valuable things about how to develop future improv projects and assembled a pool of artistic and production resources to assist me. I worked with a new level of consultants, including an attorney, an insurance company, a videographer, photographers, a host of sound engineers, and a graphic designer. I interviewed artists about their projects and processes to help me develop and refine my directorial approach. I also learned important things about rehearsing an improv ensemble – how to provide structure yet encourage ideas and contributions. Recording and reviewing interviews with the ensemble helped me identify and support their connections to BETWEEN. The talkback recordings gave me important insights into how audiences received and appreciated the work, as well as ideas for future presentations of this and other works. 2: I chose the BETWEEN artists – Aimee Bryant, Nathan Greer, Bruce Henry and Libby Turner Opanga – based on their connections to my concept, improv and/or their individual artistry. Our discussions, interviews and rehearsals helped me invite each artist’s knowledge and expertise into BETWEEN. Talks with dancer Kenna Cottman made us all look at movement and improv in new, exciting ways. Regina Laroche’s curiosity/interest in BETWEEN resulted in several gatherings to share progress and let her step in and dance for the Minneapolis performance. I asked audiences to speak/sing in two works, one about names and the other about carrying what we are given with us (and passing it on). Comments from every talkback confirmed this participation was important, engaging and satisfying. Attendees who posted to the web site touted the uniqueness of BETWEEN, shared how BETWEEN invited them to participate and reflect, and requested audio/video so they could share BETWEEN with the others.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sarah M. Greer
(608) 338-6840
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