Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Penelope A. Freeh
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Freeh will create and perform a new dance work in collaboration with New York-based performer Patrick Corbin and Minnesota composer Jocelyn Hagen.
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
Leigh Dillard: Assistant Professor of Theater, College of St Benedict/St John's University. Co-founder of MICA, later Minnesota Dance Alliance.; Leah Nelson: Co-founder, director, dance curator, youth workshop and DJ coordinator, B-Girl BE: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop (Intermedia Arts). Artistic director, Nubia. Running after-school program at Bloomington Public Schools (Galaxy After School Program).; Ashwini Ramaswamy: Dancer and Director of Publicity and Marketing, Ragamala Dance.; Janice Roberts: Professor and chair of Dance Department, St Olaf College.; Abdo Rodriquez: Dancer; Sally Rousse: Dancer, choreographer; Deborah Thayer: Instructor, Zenon Dance School. Dancer and choreographer.
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

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
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)

1) I produced, choreographed and performed in a dance/music hybrid, Slippery Fish. I worked in collaboration with a composer for the first time, Jocelyn Hagen of Minneapolis. I brought in New York City-based dancer Patrick Corbin. We had 4 performances September 28-30, 2012 at the Southern Theater. 2) Not only was it my first time to work with a composer, it was her first time to work with a choreographer. The musicians had never so directly worked with dancers, sharing a stage and dealing with the subsequent tech rehearsals involved. It was eye opening for all concerned; to glimpse the intimate worlds of mediums that coexist in such close proximity and yet are fundamentally different. It was a quartet in terms of choreography, musical composition, dancing and music making. We all learned from one another and garnered a depth of respect in the process. The sense of camaraderie and accomplishment that each of us walked away with surpassed my expectations for the project. 2: 1. I did things like: serve as the liaison from the artists to the production team, arrange performer rehearsal schedules, arrange travel and accommodations, hire a ticketing service, book rehearsal space, create and distribute press releases, hire costumers and establish a common vision, set up fittings, set up interactions with students, lead a photo shoot, organize a preview excerpt toward audience building, set up a post-performance Q and A, set up and participate in interviews for print, podcast and radio, hire and schedule tech staff, contract with the performance venue, create and print programs and appropriately deal with all financial arrangements in terms of taxes. 2. I evaluated this achievement in terms of my capacity to actually do all of those things in addition to choreographing and dancing in the show. To do these tasks under my own auspices was empowering and liberating. The outcome felt both grass roots and well produced.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Penelope A. Freeh
(612) 822-6395
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