Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kiomars Moradi
Recipient Type
Start Date
July 2012
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Moradi will produce his original play, "The Skyless City," about four Middle Eastern women who get caught in a human trafficking network. The play will be presented at Dreamland Arts in Saint Paul, in November 2012.
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 develop business skills needed to support their professional art work. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists. Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

1) I learned about the nuts and bolts of marketing a play to an American audience. 2) We developed contacts with individuals and audiences and have begun to put together a database for future productions. 3) I got a better understanding of project administration, including writing contracts as well as estimating project costs and artist fees (in the United States). 2: 1- We did 8 performances for 238 people. 2- We did TV, radio and newspaper interviews.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kiomars Moradi
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Administered By
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