Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Mathew J. Janczewski
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Janczewski will select two to five Minnesota towns to develop Main Street, a dance that looks at how technology is changing the face of American towns and our ability to connect to each other. He will present a public showing in each location.
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
Kenna Cottman Sarge: Artistic director, Voice of Culture Drum and Dance; Penelope Freeh: Dancer, choreographer, teacher, and writer; Matthew Gasper: Master teacher, Gasper's School of Dance and Performing Arts, Fargo/Moorhead; Julie Kerr-Berry: Dance program director and professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Melissa Rolnick: Assistant professor of dance, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter; Sally Rousse: Dancer and choreographer, James Sewell Ballet; Joan Smith: Choreographer; artistic director of Shapiro and Smith Dance; Tri Sutrisno: Dance director, Sumunar Dance Ensemble; dancer and instructor, specializing in the dances of Indonesia; Taja Will: Codirector, TAJIMdances and the Ready At Will Dance Collective; dancer, choreographer and instructor
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600
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)

Create a full-length dance that is developed in Minnesota towns and cities and that incorporates interviews with residents and officials. I will maintain records of the sites I visit to develop the work and document the dance on videotape. 2: Present work-in-progress showings of the dance for the general public in the towns where the work is developed. The presenters and I will maintain accurate records of the showings.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This was achieved through the intergenerational residencies with hands on learning of how I make dances from everyday movement or words and ideas and engagement with myself and my company of dancers. Evaluations were present on a day to day basis as well as a final evaluation filled out by the participants.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Mathew J. Janczewski
(612) 804-0238
Administered By
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St. Paul, MN 55104

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