Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Amanda I. Lovelee
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2013
End Date
October 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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.
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
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
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Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
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 Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Amanda I. Lovelee
(518) 487-8286
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