Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Josh K. Winkler
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
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)

To bring awareness to the growing problem of emerald ash borer infestation in Minnesota with hopes to prevent / reduce the spread. Hand-printed postcards will be distributed to adjacent community as well as at sculpture sites. Cards will provide links to an online questionnaire and a blog-format website. Responses will summarize public reaction to the project. 2: This project will form a foundation for future successes in public oriented projects. This outcome will be evaluated through strong photo/written documentation of the project on professional artist website (

Measurable Outcome(s)

600+ cards were printed and dispersed. Attendance to public receptions exceeded 40. People continue visiting sites to take cards on their own. To distribute an edition of 60, four-color postcards at two public receptions. To distribute and edition of 550 two-color postcards through mail drops and in the sculpture itself. To create a blog format site documenting the project through documentation photos, historical background, and reflection. To take a head count at each public reception to determine the number of guests. 2: Both public sculptures, 600+ printed postcards, and two public receptions were completed to high standards before the winter of 2016-2017. An archive of PowerPoint proposals, emails, and press publications are helpful for planning future endeavors. My own research and written reflections on this project have proved helpful in seeking future project opportunities.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Winkler will create concrete castings of reclaimed ash logs to promote public awareness in Mankato and Rochester about the Emerald ash borer infestation that threatens Minnesota’s ash trees. Public events are planned for both cities.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Josh K. Winkler
(765) 730-1392
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