Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Melanie J. Lehnen AKA Melanie Lehnen
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
August 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

Working with the Minnesota Zoo will strengthen my communication skills and develop my management skills. This will be evaluated by how well the organization and I work together to complete the exhibition/meet-and-greet. 2: At the Zoo, this exhibition/meet-and-greet will provide adults and children the opportunity to bring a piece of art home and learn from my artwork. I will be observing how well adults and children engage with the children's book, and try and decipher the impact it has on the community.

Measurable Outcome(s)

By comparing the amount of time for the books to be sold to other children's books, this project has created more conservation awareness by introducing the subject as a children's book. 2: Are These Tigers? is a children's book that promotes conservation and the communities recognizes this book as a tool for education and awareness.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Lehnen will write and illustrate a children’s book about the Minnesota Zoo. A public event to launch the book will take place at the Minnesota Zoo in Apply Valley.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Melanie J. Lehnen AKA Melanie Lehnen
(612) 747-3342
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
Mitchell Bercier: Placebo Comix; Owner/editor-in-chief; Nicole Havekost: Adjunct Professor, Drawing; Jeffrey Hnilicka: Executive Director, Kulture Klub Collaborative; Multi-disciplinary; Sarah Johnson: Director, Groveland Gallery; Alonso Sierralta: Sculptor and educator; Joseph Sinness: Visual Artist
Conflict of Interest Disclosed