Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kym Longhi
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Longhi will complete and present "Herocycle," her original, interdisciplinary physical theater piece that crashes Evel Knievel's exploits into Joseph Campbell's meditations on the hero.
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
Cheri Buzzeo: Theater manager, The Barn Theatre.; Harold Cropp: Executive director, Commonweal Theatre Company. Member of Board of Directors, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.; Christine Gradl Seitz: Executive and artistic director, Duluth Playhouse.; Alberto Justiniano: Producer and artistic director, Teatro del Pueblo. Filmmaker, playwright, and theater artist.; Robert Karimi: Writer; Miriam Must: Co-founder and managing director, Red Eye Theater. Co-developer, Red Eye Tableau Strategy.; Gregory Stavrou: Executive director, Rochester Civic Theatre. Board member, Rochester Arts Council. Writer, director, designer, and producer.
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)

1) I directed/coordinated the artistic efforts of 6 actors, 5 musicians, composers and designers to expand a one hour workshop version of my original work into a full-length theatrical production with 2 acts, integrating aerial, music and video into the storytelling. In addition to directing, I wrote new material for the production. I challenged all of the artists in the project to develop their abilities by a. combining and integrating art forms: for example, our violinist performed her music on aerial silks, b. offering a series of workshops as an integral part of the rehearsal process, exposing the performers to new skills and building on existing skills including: aerial work, vocal work, improvisation and physical acting, and c. the composer and the sound designer created new music and new arrangements and scoring for the entire production with live music. 2) Artist performance and comments, audience comments, standing ovations, press reviews. Feedback from advisory board. 2: 1. I co-produced my own work, overseeing and participating in all aspects of planning and execution for the project including: financial oversight, budgeting, fundraising, board development/engagement, marketing and publicity. I was also able to secure a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Arts Activities Grant to supplement my project’s income by $9,000, increasing the total budget from the original proposal of $20,000 to $31,200. The process of crafting a successful proposal for Metropolitan Regional Arts Council provided me with valuable challenges and opportunities to further develop my business skills: I assembled a strong and diverse advisory committee of nearly a dozen members to advise and support the project. I linked my own artistic goals to the needs of the community with greater clarity and specificity. I gained an increased understanding of and access to specific resources and support necessary to produce and market my own work in the future. 2. Strong press attention, audience attendance and revenues, board feedback.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kym Longhi
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