Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Cecilia M. Cornejo
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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 complete pre-production of a new film, showing the work-in-progress and engaging a diverse audience at two public screenings, followed by discussion sessions. Attendance will be taken at the public screenings and comments cards will be provided to the audience for additional feedback. Wider audiences will be able to access the material online and encouraged to leave comments.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Presenting work-in-progress helped me provide a wide range of Minnesotans a chance to engage with the work of equally diverse Minnesota artists. In order to evaluate the degree to which the project achieved the proposed outcome I took attendance but also paid attention to the diversity of people who attended. I took photographs of the first event, videotaped the second, and at both events held question and answer sessions that lasted over 45 minutes. At both events I invited people to visit my soon-to-launched website and encouraged them to leave comments there as well.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Cornejo will complete the pre-production on a new film. The work will explore issues of displacement and belonging as experienced by the Latino community of Northfield, Minnesota. Multiple public screenings will be held in Northfield.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Cecilia M. Cornejo
(847) 644-4744
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
Layla Dowlatshahi: Playwright and Arts Board grantee; writing instructor at Normandale Community College; Denise Fick: Artist Initiative grantee; illustrator/animator/graphic designer; Dain Ingebretson: Freelance teaching artist, writer, producer; Peter Nelson: Assistant professor of new media art at Saint Olaf; Kevin Obsatz: Filmmaker and video artist; Arts Board grantee; Frank Sander: Filmmaker and multimedia artist
Conflict of Interest Disclosed