Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jesse Roesler
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Roesler will produce Give Me Your Hungry, a documentary about the ways in which individuals have taken the war against hunger into their own hands. Screenings will take place in communities around Minnesota.
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
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Thousands of Minnesotans will engage with the artwork through a series of public screenings of the film. I intend to hold a minimum of 10 screenings in 2013 in Minnesota, many at the schools and community centers featured in the film, as well as other arts and public venues. For evaluation, I'll track the number of attendees. 2: This project depends on the professional artwork of several Minnesota artists who are being employed on the project. I will hire 8-12 Minnesota artists to work on the film. I will provide them with verbal evaluations of their work. In addition, part of the screening and exhibition plan includes revenue-generating opportunities to support the work.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We have held and scheduled five screenings in Minnesota and are in process of scheduling five more. 900 people have seen or will have seen the film by April at these screenings. We expect 1,000 more at the next five in Spring and Summer. 2: I was able to hire seven Minnesota artists to work on the film during this grant cycle and provided them verbal evaluations of their work. I am also in process of securing revenue generating screenings of the film.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jesse Roesler
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