Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Heather M. Cole AKA Heather M. Cole
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Cole will create “Bright Idea: Transformation Illumination,” a series of illuminated outdoor sculptures made of repurposed items collected within the nine block area of Mears Park in Saint Paul. The work will be displayed in Mears Park during the 2016 con
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
Craig Campbell: Working studio artist and glassblowing instructor; Joseph Giannetti: Painter, illustrator, photographer, muralist; Jennifer Jenkins: Artist, prop and wardrobe stylist; Christine Monroe: Cartoonist; children’s book author, artist, and illustrator; Janet Olney: Executive director, Willmar Area Arts Council; career fiber artist and instructor; Carl Oltvedt: Visual artist in drawing and painting, retired college art teacher; Samuel Spiczka: Sculptor
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)

With this project, I will successfully move from crafting individual pieces to creating larger scale installation work in a public space. I will be working on component pieces of the installation during concerts. Public will participate in making lights along with me. We will discuss creative re-use of materials and other impacts. 2: This project will investigate and determine solutions for the technical lighting needs of this type of installation. Goal is to find low energy or solar options to use for this type of outdoor installation. One or two viable lighting solutions will be determined as best method for this and future projects.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I created twenty-six component pieces (individual ball structures) which made up a larger installation piece that was exhibited at two music concerts. For me, evaluation of the success of a project which entails creation of a final work is that the project gets done. This consists of steps and phases leading up to completion: collection of adequate material, processing of materials, exploring creative ideas, prototyping and investigating options for final installation. Partnering with appropriate entity to determine a venue for installation. Engaging with the audience. Understanding the work and the process of mounting an installation. 2: I found and utilized a lighting option that fit my technical and creative goals for this grant installation project. I needed to find a lighting option that allowed me to fill parameters of the project: Does not require a plug-in electrical source; Creates adequate lighting of individual components without obtrusive wiring or excessive weight; Does not require purchase of numerous batteries for the multiple events and sessions planned for the project; and fits well with my general creative parameters of being environmentally conscientious.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Heather M. Cole AKA Heather M. Cole
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