Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rachel H. Jendrzejewski
Recipient Type
Start Date
April 2013
End Date
July 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
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 expand and further develop my playwriting practice through a unique collaboration with dancers. The very act of presenting this piece will signify achievement, as I have never before written for dance-theater. Professional review, audience feedback, and debriefing with my collaborators will help me further evaluate my artistic growth. 2: This project will allow more Minnesotans the opportunity to see unique dance-theater work through at least three public performances in July 2013. We will have achieved this outcome if even one person attends our public performances who hasn't seen dance-theater before. We will gather information about our audiences through post-performance surveys and conversations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I achieved major growth in my practice as a playwright through this project; my understanding of best practices for collaboration and new ways text can function in performance were vastly expanded. Evidence of this learning can be found in the successful public premiere of my work at the Southern Theater this past July. Comments in audience surveys were some of the most compelling indicators that my personal artistic growth rippled out to create a meaningful experience for viewers; many responses specifically mentioned the text and its unique interplay with the movement, using words like powerful, mesmerizing, thought-provoking, and transformative. In reviews and in conversations afterwards, many viewers said that the piece was unlike anything they had ever seen; and in debriefing with my collaborators, we agree the work is very distinct from anything any of us had ever made. These observations affirm to me that I succeeded in pushing my writing into new territory. 2: In my application, I noted that I would have achieved this outcome if even one person attended the public performances who hadn’t seen dance-theater before. In the audience surveys I collected (which were completed and returned by approximately 30% of attendees), five people reported that they had never seen dance-theater prior to this performance. Over half of the respondents (53%) said that they have only occasionally attended contemporary dance-theater. Many of these respondents also included comments about how they found the performance moving, intellectually engaging, and unlike anything they had ever seen. The respondents were 88% Minnesota residents. 81% of these Minnesota respondents are based in Hennepin county, while nearly 20% traveled from five other counties to see the work.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Jendrzejewski will complete KAIROS (working title), a new piece she is writing in collaboration with SuperGroup, for the Walker Art Center's series Momentum: New Dance Works 2013.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rachel H. Jendrzejewski
(626) 945-5372
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
Harold Cropp: Executive director, Commonweal Theater Company, Lanesboro; Heather Hamilton: Actor and director, Associate Professor of Theatre, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Actor and director; Samantha Johns: Director, actor, choreographer, scenic designer and painter, Minneapolis; Annie Rollins: Puppet, scenic, and costume designer, Minneapolis; Gregory Stavrou: Executive director, Rochester Civic Theatre; writer, director, designer, and producer; Saymoukda Vongsay: Lao American Poet, playwright, performance artist and arts advocate, St. Paul
Conflict of Interest Disclosed