Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
LouAnn S. Muhm AKA LouAnn Shepard Muhm
Recipient Type
Start Date
June 2012
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Muhm will write twenty incantation poems that will be recorded as mp3s and inscribed on hand-made paper bowls to be created by visual artist, Tiffany Besonen, for an exhibition in Park Rapids, Moorhead, and other venues around the state.
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
Delbert Brobst: Director of K-12 and secondary teacher interns, College of St Benedict/St John's University.; Marie Hyland: Poet, Adult and Artist Programs Director, Minnesota Center for Book Arts.; Kathleen Jesme: Poet, training consultant; Donna Salli: Writer and professor, Central Lakes College.; Colleen Sarar: Spoken word artist, poet, creator of Minnesota Microphone, cocreator of Punch Out Poetry.; Richard Terrill: Writer, saxophonist, and instructor at Minnesota State University Mankato.
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)

As a writer, I extended my experience into writing a type of poem I have not attempted before. In doing so, I further developed my writing technique and my range as a poet. The visual artist I hired, Tiffany Besonen, had to solve a number of technical issues in the creation of the bowl sculptures, and in the inscription of the bowls. In answering these questions, she learned more about the properties of her materials and ways of using them that she will carry forward into other projects. The lighting designer and audio artist that I hired also learned many things that they will carry forward into other projects. I evaluated these outcomes through my own experience and interviewing the other artists involved regarding their experience with the project. 2: This grant was for the creation of the Incantation Bowls exhibit, and does not include its exhibition. Therefore, the current audience is much smaller than the eventual audience for the work once it begins traveling for display. I have had interest from Cedar Crest College in (Pennsylvania), Concordia College, Naropa University (Boulder, Colorado), and the Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, Minnesota for exhibiting the work. At this point, the audience has consisted of the attendees at the Artist's Talk given at The Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, (12 youth and 32 adults), as well as over 700 individual visitors to blog posts chronicling the project. Although the grant application has a space for projected electronic audience n umbers, this final report form does not, so I include that number here. I evaluated this outcome by counting audience members, both physically and electronically.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
LouAnn S. Muhm AKA LouAnn Shepard Muhm
(218) 732-7312
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