Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jesse M. Roesler
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Mille Lacs
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)

A major outcome will be to employ seven film/video artists to collaborate to create this short film in Minnesota. The outcome will be evaluated by hiring seven artists to work on the short film. 2: A second outcome will be to screen the film to several hundred Minnesotans. The outcome will be evaluated by photographing the screening event.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We hired six Minnesota artists to work on this film project. All artists were paid a fair wage for their contribution and all used business skills in being hired, working and giving feedback. 2: More than a hundred Minnesotans will screen the film in person prior to the end of March, both in the metro and beyond. We got a rough count at the screening and will do the same in Mille Lacs.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Roesler will create a short, eight- to ten-minute film about native wild rice, highlighting how it is unique to this landscape and the spiritual and cultural significance it holds in the Minnesota Ojibwe communities.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jesse M. Roesler
(612) 247-2327
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
Layla Dowlatshahi: Playwright and Arts Board grantee; writing instructor at Normandale Community College; Denise Fick: Artist Initiative grantee; illustrator/animator/graphic designer; Dain Ingebretson: Freelance teaching artist, writer, producer; Peter Nelson: Assistant professor of new media art at Saint Olaf; Kevin Obsatz: Filmmaker and video artist; Arts Board grantee; Frank Sander: Filmmaker and multimedia artist
Conflict of Interest Disclosed