Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
David Darrow
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Darrow will create and workshop a new musical set in Los Angeles during the early 1960s, to explore the explosion of culture that occurred as a response to the conservatism of the 1950's. A public reading will take place at the Playwright's Center in Min
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
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
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)

David Darrow will host a public reading of the work followed by a talkback to facilitate further development of the project. The outcome will be evaluated based on the creation of the book, score, and lyrics for Under The Dayglow Carpet, and the subsequent sharing of the material in a public forum. The venue for the reading is the Playwrights' Center.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I have created a new musical that is well underway toward a finished script/score and has been workshopped in front of a small audience. I recorded much of what was said at the talkback after the presentation, and nearly all of the music was recorded. I am able to return to the comments of the audience as well as the actual audio material to make changes and continue working. I am also in conversations with a few different local entities who are interested in helping this piece see more life. In fact, a few colleagues are assisting in another reading of the project this coming June after changes are made.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
David Darrow
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