Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Daniel P. Bergin
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Hands-on, creative and technical explorations to create a new form of media storytelling will help me rise into the next level of cinematic arts. Creating the media modules that will make up the live documentary will represent a deep immersion into the craft. Also, completion of digital photography class at IFP MN will be offer certification of these new technical and creative skills. 2: At least one staging of the live documentary will provide a unique media arts experience for audiences. Attendance, surveys, and conversation will provide quantitative and qualitative evaluation. Additional evaluative feedback from other artists as the work is in development.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The artist has enhanced creative and technical skill sets and opened up a new genre of media work that was well received by audiences. The subjective experiences of the artist, and the reported experiences of the audiences, underscore the growth and development achieved. While the coursework did not occur, the explorations of digital photography in practice did prompt growth. 2: Several Dozen people attended two live documentary screenings. Promotion on social media informed thousands of people through electronic communication. Over 1,000 people viewed a video short from the project via social media. While numerical attendance did not occur, gauging response, monitoring social media feedback, and measuring social media views offer qualitative and quantitative evaluation.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Bergin will explore interesting places, diverse voices, and the hidden histories of his lifelong community through the creation and presentation of an experimental, live documentary titled “On This Spot: Southside Stories.” He plans to show the shorts at the south Minneapolis locations where they will be filmed.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Daniel P. Bergin
(612) 598-7313
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. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Allison Bolah: A visual artist, creating photographs, multimedia and paper-based work; David Kang: Independent creative consultant, director, and producer, founder and CEO, Hana Media and Development, creator and executive director, The DIAL Group; Fredrika McManus: Founder and director, Upper Minnesota Film Office; Patrick Moore: Communications director, Pioneer Public TV; Matthew Sewell: Chair, English department, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Deborah Wallwork: Independent filmmaker and artist, editor and director, Red Eye Video; Maya Washington: Filmmaker, writer, performer, and arts educator
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600