Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Amanda I. Lovelee
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
October 2013
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
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
$10,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,000
Direct expenses
$11,000
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The Fort Project will introduce an object that can be occupied and can be re-created by members of my audience. This project will expand my tools for sharing research in a kinetic experience. I will be able to evaluate my object making skills by constructing the fort several times and in different contexts. I will also maintain a blog that will stay active and where others will post images of the forts they build across the state using the easy instructions I make. 2: The Fort Project will occur in both a gallery and my backyard in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis, expanding the range of Minnesotans who get to participate. I will archive each event that occurs in the fort with both photographs and video which I will post on my blog. I will also use different forms of advertisement for each event like posting to the Seward neighborhood e-democracy page for neighborhood events and using social networking for gallery events.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This was my first sculpture that was built to reside in the public. I learned a lot about public art, permitting, public space, the speed at which a city works, how the city views public art, and liability. All hard and frustrating things to learn but good lessons for future work. 2: I was very interested in make this piece exists in the public sphere and not in a gallery or on the property of an art institution. There were many times with the struggle to build in the public that I wanted to go back on this idea but I did not. I am very excited that the treehouse lives at Silverwood Park and is open/free to the public to engage with.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Lovelee will create The Fort Project, a physical structure open to the public as a cultural space for artist talks, dinners, and fort construction workshops. As part of the project she will produce a ten-minute short about how to build the perfect fort.
Project Manager
First Name
Amanda
Last Name
Lovelee
Organization Name
Amanda I. Lovelee
State
MN
Phone
(518) 487-8286
Email
aloveleephoto@gmail.com
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
Melissa Brandt: Screenplay writer, Metropolitan State University; Community Faculty; Jennifer Garza: Graphic designer, Jostens Inc.; production design, animation, freelance; short films; Crystal Hegge: Director, Frozen River Film Festival; Melissa Koch: Independent documentary filmmaker and educator; Kevin Obsatz: Filmmaker/Moving image artist; Anal Shah: Filmmaker photographer and media artist; faculty, St. Cloud State University; Norah Shapiro: Independent filmmaker; Jacob Swanson: Film-maker, installation artist and photographer, Duluth
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No