Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Daniel F. Pinkerton
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2016
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)

Increase my skills and develop a potentially career-changing work by presenting it to audiences and theatre professionals. Audience response during performance and post show talkbacks, comments from my creative collaborators, and comments from the artistic directors of theatres in post workshop conferences.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I saw all of HARD TIMES, songs and dialogue, which enabled me to see its strengths and weaknesses as I prepare to write a second draft. Spoken comments from the audience, e-mails from the audience, and a 30-minute roundtable discussion with the artists.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Pinkerton will workshop Hard Times, a new musical based on Charles Dicken's novel of the same title. The project will conclude with two public performances at Open Eye Figure Theater in Minneapolis in the spring of 2016.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Daniel F. Pinkerton
(612) 298-2783
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
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600