Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Shawn A. McBurnie AKA Shawn McBurnie
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
McBurnie will produce a live recording of original songs from NorthwoodÆs folklore and tall tales, featuring such beasties as the Squonk, the Hidebehind, and the Splintercat. McBurnie will also host two public workshops, one for children on Northwoods fo
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
Jason Allen: Electronic performance artist and Producer, Ballet Mech.; Jill Dawe: Associate professor of music, Augsburg College.; Paula Gudmundson: Founder, Seven Suns ensemble. Artist and arts educator.; Daniel Kallman: Composer; Janis Lane-Ewart: Executive director, KFAI, Fresh Air, Inc. Volunteer programmer, "The Collective Eye" (KFAI). Treasurer, Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations, and National Federation of Community Broadcasters.; Martha Lindberg: Handbell director, Centenary
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)

Through this grant I was able to bring together a diverse group of musical artists and provide a space for us to learn from one another and broaden our skills beyond our respective specialties, to create something new drawing upon traditions including Irish, old-time, Swedish, blues, and even klezmer. This bore directly on my perception of being boxed in, with connections and recognized skills tightly clustered around the Irish and Scottish musical traditions. The grant has enabled me to forge relationships outside of that area which I plan to build upon, going forward, and has brought to light unsuspected collaboration opportunities between other musicians who had not met or worked together before this project. 2: We created a show based around a dozen songs with a strong link to Minnesota history and heritage, and have had the opportunity to share them with the local public in several ways so far: via radio, on the internet, in workshops for adults and children, and in live shows. The songs bring with them the opportunity to mention little-known and colorful figures from Minnesota history, such as J. P. Wentling, who came to St Anthony from Pennsylvania in the late 1800's and was the first known person to capture a Squonk. I evaluated success in this area by public response, which has been overwhelmingly positive, with many people - both adults and children - mentioning a new level of interest in local folklore, and a number expressing regret over missing the main concert and looking forward to attending the CD release, scheduled for this fall.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Shawn A. McBurnie AKA Shawn McBurnie
(763) 913-8189
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