Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ralph G. Hepola
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Hepola, a tuba soloist, will create a content management system Web site, Web marketing, promotional materials, and recordings to increase his career opportunities. He will also provide concerts around the state.
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, 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
Heather Barringer: Artistic co-director, Zeitgeist. Member, Crash.; Paul Dove: Co-founder and artistic director, Northern Light Opera Company. Chair, Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council.; Ignacio Herrera: Piano instructor, MacPhail Center for Music. Performer, director, and composer.; Andre-Louis Heywood: Adjunct instructor, Faculty Resident, and All-College Choir director, St John's University. Member, ACC, CMEA, VoiceCare Network. Boychoir Repertoire and Standards Chair, ACDA Minnesota.; Jayanthi Kyle: Singer in Black Audience.; Peter Leggett: Executive director, Walker West Music Academy. Board member at City of St Paul Cultural STAR and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Musician for Heiruspecs.; Tracy Lipke-Perry: Assistant professor of piano, University of Minnesota Duluth. Collaborative artist, vocal coach, and solo pianist.
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

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities. Minnesota artists are able to develop business skills needed to support their professional art work. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This grant allowed me to substantially develop my artistic abilities through rehearsals and the subsequent concerts I performed around the state including: the Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont, the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, and The Play Ground (a satellite theater of the Duluth Playhouse). My abilities as a soloist have improved substantially. 2: This grant has allowed me to create a content management system web site, promotional materials, and videos. My career has developed significantly through the new content management website, promotional materials, and videos.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ralph G. Hepola
(612) 803-8914
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