Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Marie E. Olofsdotter
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
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 offer two free nature-inspired illustration workshops: one for adults in Nisswa, and one for families at the Como Park Conservatory. Successful workshops will be evidenced by participants' grasp of illustration and by the work they create. The outcome will be assessed through a handout where students evaluate their experience.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I achieved my outcome by inspiring people to be creative. I created an evaluation form with questions related to my goal, that was filled out by everyone, adults with very young children commented for their kids.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Olofsdotter will create the visual narrative and three pieces of final art for a picture book that juxtaposes the indoor gardens of Como Park Conservatory with the stark Minnesota winter. She will offer two illustration workshops, one for adults in rural
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Marie E. Olofsdotter
(612) 339-8409
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
Katayoun Amjadi: Ceramist; assistant to director at Circa Gallery; John Cox: Artist; instructor of visual arts and art history; Elizabeth Devine: Jewelry designer and lettering artist; Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists co-op board member; Miigis Gonzalez: Visual artist; Anna Metcalfe: Visual artist and educator; Anders Nilsen: Award-winning author and artist of graphic novels; Jehra Patrick: Program director, Mn Artists; visual artist
Conflict of Interest Disclosed