Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Stephen H. Ozone AKA Steve Ozone
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Ozone will create twenty to thirty photographs of Nisei (second generation Japanese Americans) living in both the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota, telling their individual stories through photography. An exhibition and artist lecture will follow at var
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
Douglas Beasley: Photographer, founder and director of Vison Quest Photo Workshops.; Gloria Brush: Chair and professor of photography, University of Minnesota Duluth.; Beth Dow: Photographer; Colleen Mullins: Photographer, academic director of digital film/video production and photography programs, Art Institutes International Minnesota.; Margaret Ojala: Photographer and Professor of Art, St Olaf College.; Keri Pickett: Photographer, filmmaker; Don Sherman: Artist, Arts offerings and mentors program coordinator, Southwest Minnesota State University College Now.
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)

The social aspect of this project has been fascinating. It has opened up what I see as numerous ideas documenting various ethnic groups. While the project allowed me to explore my Japanese heritage, I was also able to inform the public of the Japanese in Minnesota. The public's interest in the interviews was encouraging which I see as essential when exhibiting portraits. This project also improved my interviewing techniques which will be useful in the future. Since its completion I've been considering many projects which have come from this one. My research revealed how progressive Minnesota has been in regards to diversity. Some of my research materials were The Orientals," A Report to Governor Luther W. Youngdahl of Minnesota By The Governor’s Interracial Commission in 1949 and "They Chose Minnesota," a survey of the ethnic groups in the state published by the Minnesota History Center. 2: This is the most exposure my work has received in such a short period of time (estimated at 950). I would like to expand the project and take the exhibit to other areas of the state. (i.e. Photographing Mexicans in Worthington, Somalis in St Paul). I was pleased by the interest in the portraits and especially the interviews. At the exhibitions I was engaged with the public much more than with previous work."

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First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Stephen H. Ozone AKA Steve Ozone
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