Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jila Nikpay
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Nikpay will complete a script for a 20-30 minute experimental narrative video that takes place on the White Earth reservation and in Minneapolis. She will have a public reading of the script and create a short video excerpt (4-6 min) that she will use to
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., 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. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Andy Driscoll: Cohost of "TruthToTell" (KFAI), broadcast journalist, writer/commentator, political and public affairs specialist.; Kiera Faber: Visual artist, and member of Midwest Photographers Project.; Rick Hauser: Producer, director, and writer for television and media.; Amalia Nicholson: Media artist and educator.; Mark Rosenwinkel: Chair of the department of theater and dance, Concordia University. Lead teaching artist, Guthrie Theater summer theater camps. Actor, director, and playwright.; Norah Shap
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities. Minnesota artists are able to develop business skills needed to support their professional art work. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

During the grant period, I was able to spend considerable time developing a script for a half-hour film. Since I had no previous training in scriptwriting, I consider this outcome extremely valuable. This result came about my effort in developing the story and working with three script consultants. Each consultant helped me in shaping my story by giving me feedback as well as insights into how to translate my story into a screenplay. My evaluation is based on the feedback I received from various people and during the public reading of the script. Based on this method, I think I successfully achieved my goal. 2: During this period, I also advanced my business skills by being diligent and resourceful in staying close to the project’s budget for the production of the video segment based on the script.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jila Nikpay
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