Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Aaron K. Putt
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
February 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Putt will create and exhibit a new series of paintings focused on stories of immigration in the Twin Cities, looking at the ways in which surroundings shape personal and cultural identity. The work will be exhibited publicly in the Twin Cities through open studio events and community centers that serve immigrant communities.
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
Marion Angelica: Ceramic artist, former director of Metropolitan Regional Arts Council; Brian Frink: Visual artist, professor of painting and drawing, chair, art department, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Maren Kloppmann: Ceramic sculptor; Qian Liu: Ceramics and sculpture artist; Stephen Shaskan: Author, illustrator and Loft Literary Center teaching artist; Don Sherman: Artist, educator, photographer, mentors program coordinator, Southwest Minnesota State University College
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
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)

Create a new series of paintings and audio/video works examining stories of immigration in the Twin Cities. Successful completion of five to seven paintings, along with at least one video/audio piece. 2: Increased visibility in the Twin Cities arts community. Completed works will be shown in a public exhibition as well as posted on my website.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Aaron Kagan Putt was able to complete a series of large-scale paintings and video and sound works that focused on the immigrant experience in the Twin Cities. In order to evaluate the success of this project, Aaron Putt documented the process through sketches, photographs and video and sound recordings, as well as detailed notes. He was able to directly observe improvements in his ability to work on large-scale paintings as well as video and sound editing. The successful completion and exhibition of the five final paintings served as the ultimate indicator of successful achievement of the stated outcomes. 2: As a result of Arts Board grant funding, Aaron Kagan Putt promoted and mounted an exhibition of large-scale paintings, which generated increased visibility, recognition and success in the arts community. The success of stated project outcomes were measured by attendance at each event and the degree of community engagement. The effectiveness of the promotional materials and social media marketing was evaluated similarly.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Aaron K. Putt
(520) 240-8271
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