Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kayleen A. Horsma
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
June 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details

Horsma will expand her skills as an artist, conveying her Finish heritage and connecting with more Minnesotans at a major Twin Cities art fair this August. She will also have a solo show at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.

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
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)

With the ability to focus on developing a body of work that represents my heritage, I will gain recognition as a professional artist. With the ability to focus on developing a body of work that represents my heritage, I will gain recognition as a professional artist. 2: I will be able to display at art fairs and gallery settings in urban and rural areas of Minnesota. I intend to evaluate the outcome of connection with more Minnesotans by the process of feedback, as well as the number in attendance and increased electronic visitors.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I was able to broaden my artistic abilities by creating themed work that represented both my Saami heritage and being. This opportunity supported the mental allowance to free myself from financial strain towards creating work that must be sold in return funding the materials to create more work. To describe the method of evaluation I would attribute to the process of creation where in I was able to allow myself to find untapped emotion and discover a connection with the heritage of my past. 2: As a recipient of the 2013 Individual Artist Award from the Minnesota State Arts Board I was able to broaden my business skills with the experience of exhibiting my work at the Powderhorn Art Fair. Financial assistance made it possible for me to purchase the required equipment for display at the two day show. In evaluation of the outcome I am pleased to say that the experience provided learned skills that I would likely not have been able to obtain without the opportunity. Additionally my solo show gave me a strong base to learn the ideals needed in preparation of exhibition. I was able to work with the West Central Alliance of Sebeka to secure the purchase of the exact tent and display system which was being sold locally on a 2nd market, which had only been used once and was in perfect condition.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kayleen A. Horsma
(218) 564-4360
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