Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Patrick W. O'Keefe AKA Pat O'Keefe
Recipient Type
Start Date
June 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
OÆKeefe will commission three Minnesota composers, Scott Miller, Ann Millikan, and Brett Warchow, to create new works for the clarinet which he will premiere and record in spring 2013.
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
Jason Allen: Electronic performance artist and Producer, Ballet Mech.; Jill Dawe: Associate professor of music, Augsburg College.; Paula Gudmundson: Founder, Seven Suns ensemble. Artist and arts educator.; Daniel Kallman: Composer; Janis Lane-Ewart: Executive director, KFAI, Fresh Air, Inc. Volunteer programmer, "The Collective Eye" (KFAI). Treasurer, Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations, and National Federation of Community Broadcasters.; Martha Lindberg: Handbell director, Centenary
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. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I achieved exactly what I set out to do with this grant: 1) I commissioned three new works for solo clarinet which I then performed on concerts in St Paul, Duluth, and St Cloud; and 2) I recorded all three pieces for eventual release on a CD. All of these activities happened right on schedule, with performances taking place in March 2013 and recording in April 2013. I would evaluate the achievement very highly because A) the quality of the music that the composers wrote for me was uniformly excellent, and B) I was able to deliver exciting interpretations of these new pieces which were refined over the course of three performances, and which were then documented through a studio recording. I am confident that these actions will go a long way to helping me achieve my ultimate goal of establishing myself as a major commissioner of new music for the clarinet. 2: All of the composers I commissioned are Minnesota-based. The concert program contained both the new works and also two other pieces by Minnesota composers. I performed all of these pieces in venues across the state: St Paul, Duluth, and St Cloud. Audiences were able to both hear the pieces and engage with myself and the composers, all of whom were in attendance at each performance. The concerts in Duluth and St Cloud were on university campuses, and at both places I gave talks to the students about working with composers, commissioning new works, and how to go about securing the funding for new commissions. I evaluate these achievements highly for several reasons: First, the concert attendance was high, especially for my first performance in St Paul, where I had around 60 attendees in Studio Z. This is a very respectable audience size for a concert of new music. Secondly, audience feedback was very positive due to the high quality of both the new compositions and my performances.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Patrick W. O'Keefe AKA Pat O'Keefe
(651) 774-7508
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