Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rachel B. Breen
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2017
End Date
February 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Breen will create a series of temporary art installations in eight to ten public locations. While on site, she will sew clothing typically worn by garment workers in Bangladesh that is embellished with information about garment factories. She will also interact with the public about fair and safe working conditions for these garment workers, who make much of the clothing we wear.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Member of the Smithsonian National Board. Former chair of the board, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Officer at Large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary?s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Ceramic artist. former executive director of the Minnesota Project.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Elizabeth Devine: Jewelry designer and lettering artist; Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists co-op board member; Brian Frink: Visual artist, professor of painting and drawing, chair, art department, Minnesota State University, Mankato; John Hock: Cofounder, CEO, artistic director of Franconia Sculpture Park; Katrina Knutson: Working artist, freelance educator, and community organizer; Seho Park: Artist; art professor, Winona State University; Judith Saye-Willis: Studio visual artist; Arts Board grantee

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I will create a series of public art installations where I will sew the common clothing worn by women garment workers in Bangladesh in public spaces. This will be measured by the number of public art events that take place during the grant period and the number of actual garments produced during the project series. 2: I will engage with the public about my project and my art making process throughout the public art installations. This will be measured through photo documentation and a comment book that will be available for the public to sign and write in during the art installations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

A series of public art installations where created where the common clothing of the garment workers in Bangladesh were sewn. Eight public art events took place and eight garments were completed during the grant period. 2: The public engaged with the project and a number of conversations took place about sewing and the garment industry. A number of photos were taken and feedback was received through a variety of conversations.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rachel B. Breen
(612) 501-9592
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