Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Patrick E. Scully
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Scully will choreograph the Mississippi River Boat Ballet. Using live music, the boats will be the dancers, the Mississippi River will be the stage, and a cast of 200 will perform in this August 2015 event.
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
Margot Bassett: Vocalist, move and performance-maker; Gretchen Cohenour: Dance program director, choreographer and professor, Winona State University; David DeBlieck: Dance and theatre instructor, Augsburg College and Saint Cloud State University; Matthew Gasper: Artistic director and choreographer, Fargo-Moorhead Ballet, master teacher, Gasper's School of Dance and Performing Arts; Rebecca Katz Harwood: Dance instructor, University of Minnesota Duluth
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600
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)

200 people, mostly not self-identified as artists, will guide the boats as they dance the ballet. A list of ballet participants will be kept, and each participant will be asked to complete a questionnaire indicating previous involvement in dance as a performing art, and an evaluation of their involvement in this project. 2: 25-50 emerging and mid-career artists will be involved in the ballet, with a heightened level of responsibility in the production. These artists will be asked to complete an evaluation of their involvement, including how their work in this project has helped them develop their art work, and suggestions for how this project could have been more helpful.

Measurable Outcome(s)

77 performed/ 110 rehearsed, 65 on boats, twelve musicians, nine crew staffed three safety boats, four ground crew of four directed, ten volunteers ushered, five videographers, 40 coordinated the festival, 2000+ attended. After the performance we sent an e mail out to all the performers, asking them to respond as to how the experience was valuable to them. The responses were overwhelmingly positive. An example: Dear friends, I was tickled to see you last night; and I am happy to have heard so much delight about the show! Patrick certainly refreshed his stature as a visionary human who can pleasingly manifest the improbable. As a lot of you know, sailboat racing was a family and community passion in my youth. With the Boat Ballet I regained the sense of community, but where the collective goal was aesthetic, not competitive! YAY! 2: Twenty-seven artists were involved with a range of added responsibilities. The post performance evaluation e mail provided us with the feedback we sought.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Patrick E. Scully
(612) 205-1512
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