Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jennifer J. Ilse
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Ilse will develop and teach classes in inverted dance to develop dancers for her work and for the general Minnesota dance community.
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
Leigh Dillard: Assistant Professor of Theater, College of St Benedict/St John's University. Co-founder of MICA, later Minnesota Dance Alliance.; Leah Nelson: Co-founder, director, dance curator, youth workshop and DJ coordinator, B-Girl BE: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop (Intermedia Arts). Artistic director, Nubia. Running after-school program at Bloomington Public Schools (Galaxy After School Program).; Ashwini Ramaswamy: Dancer and Director of Publicity and Marketing, Ragamala Dance.; Janice Roberts: Professor and chair of Dance Department, St Olaf College.; Abdo Rodriquez: Dancer; Sally Rousse: Dancer, choreographer; Deborah Thayer: Instructor, Zenon Dance School. Dancer and choreographer.
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. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The opportunity to develop a detailed curriculum to teach my inverted dance vocabulary is even more helpful than anticipated. I have so much confidence in teaching this work, and already had an opportunity to teach at a regional college and have more planned. The artists that attended the classes gave me significant feedback for me to evaluate my class plans. The majority of the artists attended classes multiple times on an ongoing basis. 2: About 60 artists total had the opportunity to participate in my classes. 40 of those were at a college workshop, 20 were participants in my ongoing classes. Over half of the ongoing class participants attended regularly. About 200 adults attended a small scale performance that highlighted my inverted dance vocabulary using professional dancers that attended the classes. There are also several opportunities already lined up or currently being planned for 2014 college workshops and public performances. These numbers are from observation at classes and the performance and my class records.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jennifer J. Ilse
(612) 724-7372
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