Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Keith Christensen
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Christensen will create a playable game about the Minneapolis truckers’ strike of 1934 to facilitate an inquiry into social justice issues. The game will be displayed at the East Side Freedom Library in Saint Paul.
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
Katayoun Amjadi: Ceramist; assistant to director at Circa Gallery; John Cox: Artist; instructor of visual arts and art history; Elizabeth Devine: Jewelry designer and lettering artist; Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists co-op board member; Miigis Gonzalez: Visual artist; Anna Metcalfe: Visual artist and educator; Anders Nilsen: Award-winning author and artist of graphic novels; Jehra Patrick: Program director, Mn Artists; visual artist
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
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 will develop a playable game informed by local participation that will be exhibited and documented. This will expand my capabilities to reach viewers. The completion of a new body of work will include a booklet and game-board components. Also success in incorporating local participation, an exhibition and website. Measured by survey, interviews, portfolio, and direct observation.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The outcome was achieved by the presentation of the components (cards, board, book etc.). The opening allowed people to play and engage with the game. The methods include providing the portfolio of the work. Also the comments from people surveyed who were at the exhibition and/or saw the website, project promotion or the book. My personal interviews with the audience at the opening was favorable.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Keith Christensen
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