Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kay H. Helms
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
March 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Le Sueur
Blue Earth
Le Sueur
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)

I will interview and take photos of the hands of south central Minnesota musicians and artists, and I will have an exhibit of my work with the participants present at the opening. There will be an exhibit with the photos and written profiles of the participants. The participants will be present at the exhibit and talk about their project experience and their talents with the attendees.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I wanted to include other artists in this exhibit, so I photographed and interviewed five musicians and five artists. The artists' work is also a part of the exhibit and the musicians will perform at the reception. I learned a lot from the guest master, Andrea Beaton, not only from playing with her intensely for a couple of weeks, but also from her conversations and commentary. And her comments have been most encouraging! I was a bit crestfallen that two of the concert presenters wanted to promote Andrea much more prominently than her Minnesota-based collaborators (see posters). But nonetheless, what people (including one of these same concert presenters) commented on was the seamless ease with which Andrea and I played together, confirming and publicizing my own mastery of the idiom, which was one of my project outcomes. I have already had inquiries from others regarding teaching Cape Breton music, so while it's too soon to quantify, it's obvious that this project has been successful in fostering the teaching of this tradition in Minnesota. And one of the presenters has already offered us a gig for next year.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Helms will complete her third Hands Portraits and Histories series by photographing the hands of south central Minnesota musicians and artists.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kay H. Helms
(507) 469-8745
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
Avye Alexandres: Visual artist, performance maker; Amy Cass: Pottery instructor, The Crossings. Member, Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists. Artist and part-time product potter, Red Wing Stoneware.; Anne Dugan: Curator and interim director, Duluth Art Institute. Founder and co-director, Free Range Film Festival.; Jennifer Jenkins: Artist, prop and wardrobe stylist; Mary Ann Papanek-Miller: Professor and chair of the department of art, media, and design, DePaul University. Mixed media artist.; Peyton Russell: Artist, teacher and community leader; founder, Daskarone and Juxtaposition Arts; Robin Schwartzman: Printmaker, Adjunct instructor, University of Minnesota; Kelli Sinner: Associate professor of ceramics, Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Conflict of Interest Disclosed