Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Todd R. Boss AKA Todd Boss
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Boss will work with librettist Mark Campbell to develop and shape his practice as a writer for music. He will share what he learns in a public concert in Minneapolis.
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; 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; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Theodore Kiesselbach: y; Athena Kildegaard: Poet; lecturer, University of Minnesota Morris.; Travis Lusk: Poet, writer and maker of handmade books; Saara Myrene Raappana: Published poet; editor of Cellpoems, a poetry journal; Carlisa Rivamonte: Independent writer and consultant for business and nonprofits; Donna Salli: Writer and professor, Central Lakes College; Yuko Taniguchi: Poet and novelist; writing instructor, Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota Rochester; Ryan Vine: Poet; professor at Saint Scholastica (Duluth)
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I plan to participate in a mentorship with world-class librettist Mark Campbell, and explore new projects with J Hermanson and J Runestad. I have picked collaborators whose critical feedback I respect; in addition, I will evaluate this project based on stated outcomes and artistic evolution.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I was able to expand and further develop my artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities. Being on the ground at each premiere allowed me to have extensive in-depth conversations with everyone involved in each interpretation. Several premieres resulted in receptions and day-after meetings where future projects were offered, funds pledged, and new ideas generated.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Todd R. Boss AKA Todd Boss
(651) 644-1566
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