Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Laska Jimsen
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
February 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Jimsen will complete the experimental 16mm film Circles and Arrows, Matrices and Trees. She will screen cuts of the film at colleges, universities, and arts centers and conduct workshops on the photochemical process of 16mm hand processing.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
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.; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthopist.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; David Glenn, Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; 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.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Melissa Brandt: Screenwriter; Michelle Brost: Freelance Animator; Santanu Chatterjee: Professor of cinema, Minneapolis Community and Technical College; Kevin Obsatz: Filmmaker and video artist; Jacob Swanson: Film-maker, installation artist and co-director of Ochre Ghost Art Gallery, Duluth; Maya Washington: Filmmaker, writer, performer, and arts educator
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The project will allow me to expand my skills in handmade 16mm filmmaking and give me the opportunity to submit a new film to international festivals. If the film is accepted into international experimental and avant-garde film festivals, the project will be successful. 2: I will present cuts of my film at colleges, universities, and art centers and conduct workshops on the photochemical process of 16mm hand processing. If Minnesotans come to my screenings and workshops and leave with an expanded notion of the potential of filmmaking, the project will be successful.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Laska Jimsen completed a digital cut of her film Circles and Arrows; Matrices and Trees to be submitted to film festivals and grant applications for funding to complete a 16mm print. 2: Laska Jimsen engaged Minnesotans in the unique medium of 16mm filmmaking at two screenings featuring cuts of Circles and Arrows; Matrices and Trees and three filmmaking workshops.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Laska Jimsen
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