Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Anna V. Metcalfe
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
June 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Metcalfe will partner with Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventure to develop and implement an art/environment project with students that she will then use to create a series of ceramic, steel, and sound installations.
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
Eileen Cohen: Ceramic artist; Lisa Mathieson: Multidisciplinary artist, glasswork; Charles Matson Lume: Visual artist; professor of art, School of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin-Stout; Elizabeth Miller: Mixed media artist; John Ready: Gallery director, craft and metalsmith artist, LaCrescent; Kimberlee Roth: Ceramic artist; Matthew Rucker: Painter; Anastasia Ward: Sculptor; Thomas Willis: Ceramicists
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
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I will partner with Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventure to develop and implement a model for integrating art into environmental and scientific learning opportunities about water. I will evaluate the outcome in partnership with David Wiggins, the National Park Service coordinator for Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventure who will not only provide feedback of the model I develop, but who will be able to point to ways in which it could be integrated into future Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventure programming. 2: Engagement will provide metro area youth opportunities for self-expression and to see their work become a part of a public piece of art. Evaluation will be in the form of critiques from mentors and partners in progress and once complete. I consider engagement a success when the partners and community is able to take pride and ownership over the final installation and public display.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I was able to work with instructors from Wilderness Inquiry to participate in experiential science learning by going out onto canoes with groups of kids and watching how science (data collection and analysis of water systems) was integrated into a recreational activity. I was able to then incorporate an art reflection time into the Wilderness Inquiry curriculum in the school later in the summer. 2: The kids that I worked with were able to take time to reflect on their water experiences through a visual exercise that I prepared. They articulated a memory or a story in visual form on a canoe template that I provided. Those stories were then transferred onto porcelain boats.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Anna V. Metcalfe
(540) 905-1091
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