Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Miriam B. Gerberg
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Gerberg will adapt an older work based on stories by Carl Sandburg and create a new music theater piece that utilizes world music, dance, and drama forms. Public showings of the work will take place 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
Erik Floan: Church music and arts director; college instructor in organ; Christopher Koza: Singer, songwriter, and composer; Heidi Lord: Percussionist; manager of orchestra operations and special events, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra; Samuel Miltich: Jazz guitarist and band leader; Arts Board grantee; Sarah Porwoll-Lee: Clarinetist and music educator
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 successfully adapt and create new music/opera dance dramas and collaborate with theatrical and musical performers in workshops. The project will be evaluated via interviews with the artists and documentation of the pieces by outside consultant Bethany Gladhill for objectivity and to be informative to my artistic success. 2: I will produce works, with the assistance of Green T Productions which by the end of this project will be ready for full production and publishing. The project will be evaluated via artist interviews, audience surveys and observation of the workshops by outside consultant Bethany Gladhill for objectivity and to clarify the works' true potentials.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I successfully adapted and created new music/opera dance dramas and collaborated with theatrical and musical performers in workshops and performance. Evaluation of the achievement is partially self-evident (that the activities involved occurred as proposed). Further evaluation of this is based on subjective interviews with myself and collaborators by our evaluator on how I was able to move to another level in my work with music and drama. We also collected feedback from audience, the schoolchildren and teachers in support of understanding how well the project was working as a communicative performance piece. 2: I produced works, with the assistance of Green T Productions, one which was fully produced and the other is ready for full production and publishing. My evaluator spoke to company members and myself, looked at how audience members were reached (through discussion and written surveys) and examined my rehearsal plans and schedule of work progress to determine that business skills had been exercised and improved upon.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Miriam B. Gerberg
(651) 292-0259
Administered By
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St. Paul, MN 55104

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