Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Teresa L. Konechne
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Le Sueur
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)

I will hire a person to help me conceptualize and implement a comprehensive business package - branding, marketing, audience building, dissemination, podcasts, and a major website. Evaluation of success will come through assessing how many people visit the website, add stories, respond to marketing, attend events, etc. Success will also be demonstrated by my ability to learn these processes, navigate social media and implement the project strategy. 2: I will conduct 4-7 screenings/discussions of the work-in-progress in metro and rural areas. I will debut the on-line web presence and ask people to participate and/or contribute stories. I will keep track of participants at feedback sessions, ask people to fill out evaluation forms, record the discussions, and encourage pre-sales of subscriptions to the story series, DVDs, or whatever form this takes.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Teresa Konechne contracted with experts in branding, conceptual development, social media, websites, business plans and how WQ can generate revenue. 2: Minnesotans engaged with MN artists, in particular by participating in a wide range of art forms brought together in the Wicked Questions process.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Konechne will gather and edit at least six stories of Minnesotans engaged in urban gardening. These films and an online companion project will seek to be a powerful resource to re-imagine a connection to the earth. Screenings and discussions will take place in various locations around the state.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Teresa L. Konechne
(612) 214-1121
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