Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
John P. Ratzloff
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
February 2017
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)

My plan intends for Minnesota citizens to achieve a greater understanding of positive Native presence. Success will be measured by exhibit attendance and questionnaires. Tools include Facebook, Evites, exhibition, publicity, promotional posters and prints given to people whom I’ve photographed.

Measurable Outcome(s)

All goals stated in my plan were achieved and surpassed. I could tell from the many comments from Native folks at the exhibition how much they enjoyed seeing the vibrant display of positive energy, talent and Native presence.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Ratzloff will create “Survivance” a photographic chronicle revealing a year of artist activism and leadership by Native American millennials in the Twin Cities. The work will be shown at the Minneapolis American Indian Center.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
John P. Ratzloff
(612) 232-2510
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
Hillary Berg: Photographer; Arts Board grantee; Elizabeth Blair: Artist Initiative grantee in photography; professor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Luke Erickson: Photographer; consultant at Instinct Art Gallery; photo curator for the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography; Linda Gammell: Photographer and teacher; Arts Board grantee; Peter Happel Christian: Photographer; Arts Board grantee; professor of integrated media at Saint Cloud State University; Suzanne Kosmalski: Installation artist and photographer; Arts Board grantee; Margaret Ojala: Photographer and professor of art, St Olaf College; Carrie Thompson: Studio manager for photographer Alec Soth; Arts Board grantee
Conflict of Interest Disclosed