Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lloyd W. Brant
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Brant will collaborate with playwright and master storyteller Kevin Kling, on adapting his children’s story The Land of Clowns for the stage. The story tells the tale of where clowns came from, why they are here, and why they live in circus tents. The sh
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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
Julie Ahasay: Director and actor, Duluth Playhouse; faculty member, University of Minnesota Duluth; Richard Cook: Artistic director, Park Square Theatre; David Driscoll: Founding artistic director of SkyVault Theatre Company and Words Players Theatre; Taous Khazem: Actor, playwritght, and teaching artist; Artist Initiative grantee; Rebecca Meyer-Larson: Theatare arts, language arts and speech communications teacher, Moorhead High School; Perrin Post: Theater producer, director, writer, and actor; Elizabeth Schachterle: Puppeteer and director at Open Eye Figure Theatre; Artist Initiative grantee
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)

The goal is to develop an adaptation of my story, The Land of Clowns for the circus ring, in collaboration with Kevin Kling. There are three phases of my project. The first phase is writing a script to be evaluated in the second phase, which is a rigorous public workshop of our script. We will evaluate the final script after a trial performance in a regulation circus ring.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Kevin Kling helped me adapt my children's story, Land of Clowns to the stage, with the long term goal of eventually staging it under a circus tent. Kevin Kling evaluated my work throughout the writing, rehearsal, and performance phases. Director Josette Antomarchi's also provided vital evaluation at each phase. After the public performances I scheduled post-production meetings with Kling, Antomarchi, and Cheryl Caponi to evaluate the final script. I've now begun holding pre-production meetings with Kling, Antomarchi, and Caponi to fulfill my dream of presenting the Land of Clowns outside under a tent at this coming June. 2: Kevin Kling helped me adapt my children's story, Land of Clowns to the stage with the intent of staging it under a circus tent. The evaluation method I relied on is the wisdom, critique, and evaluation of my work, by artists greater than myself. Master storyteller Kevin Kling, was very generous with his time throughout all the phases of the project. Director Josette Antomarchi, also contributed hours of extra time patiently evaluating my developing script at every phase of the project.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lloyd W. Brant
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