Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Desiree P. Olson AKA Desirée Olson
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
February 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Olson will complete a series of portraits of her father who spent 23 years in prison. The body of work explores the complexities surrounding his recent reintegration into society. She will share her work with youth and young adults with an incarcerated parent, through a program at Volunteers of America.
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
Gina Dabrowski: Visual Artist and Art Faculty, photography and video; Michael Dvorak: Professional photographer; Michael Nordin: Photographer, Duluth; Karl Raschke: Full-time sabbatical replacement in photography at Inver Hills Community College; Stephanie Rogers: Gallery Director, the Third Place Gallery and Wing Young Huie Photography
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600
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 outcome is a workshop conducted with a diverse group of children/young adults who share a common history in having an incarcerated parent. The number of individuals participating in the workshop determines the success of the project. I can also gauge the success of the outcome by the questions, general interest, and encouragement from the new audience.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Through several workshops, I helped enrich the lives of families of the incarcerated by sharing my positive and proactive experience as a child of a former inmate.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Desiree P. Olson AKA Desirée Olson
(651) 253-3064
Administered By
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