Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Marie E. Olofsdotter
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
St. Louis
Crow Wing
St. Louis
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Olofsdotter will learn digital illustration techniques to create a portfolio of new images. She will conduct two free illustration workshops, at the Nisswa Community ChildrenÆs Library and the Two Harbors Community Center.
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)

By developing my craft as an illustrator, I will gain new skills and will offer two free illustration workshops for adults in rural Minnesota. I will invite sixty adults to participate in my two free workshops, and will take attendance, as well as hand out evaluation forms for feedback.

Measurable Outcome(s)

By developing my craft as an illustrator I will gain new skills and will offer two free illustration workshops for adults in rural Minnesota. The illustration workshop was evaluated during an informal conversation after the class, where I gained valuable feedback. My initial plan was to have a written form for participants to fill out, but I found that a relaxed discussion proved to be an easier way for everyone to reflect on the experience. During our evaluation session I posed the following questions: 1. Was the brief writing session helpful? Did they like having a poem of their own to illustrate? 2. What was their experience using collage as a medium? 3. Was the materials sufficient? Inspiring? 4. Did they gain any new tools, new ideas, that will inspire further creation of their own? The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and the workshops were much appreciated.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Marie E. Olofsdotter
(612) 339-8409
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