Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Robin N. Schwartzman
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
June 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Schwartzman will create a large temporary public sculpture on the outer walls of the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis for the Northern Spark Festival in the summer of 2012.
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
Gita Ghei: Sculptor and arts educator.; Jeffrey Hirst: Artist and arts presenter.; Simon Huelsbeck: Professor of art, Rochester Community and Technical College.; Caroline Kent: Watercolor and Foreign Cinema instructor, St Paul College.; Kimber Olson: Visual artist, curator, and educator.
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. Minnesota artists are able to develop business skills needed to support their professional art work. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

As a Minnesota artist, and working with other Minnesota artists on my crew, this project greatly expanded my knowledge of what it takes to install a large artwork in a public space. I developed my ability to answer questions and talk with people who were on-site during install and de-install. I found new ways to work quickly yet effectively after a number of setbacks during a limited installation time (as dictated by a permit). I evaluated this achievement by speaking with my crew when the project was over, assessing what they had learned through the process. Additionally, I shared my entire process, from conception to construction and installation on my own blog, which is linked on, the Northern Spark website and my personal social media networks. Minnesota artists who have visited/will visit my blog have the opportunity to see my thoughts, building challenges and finished piece and can learn from my process. I can assess web traffic to my blog through Google Analytics. 2: Through this process, I had to work closely with for planning, permissions and implementation of the piece. I also had to find and contact local electricians, equipment rental companies, wholesale suppliers and services. I was able to develop professional relationships with everyone I worked with as well as gain important fiscal skills through fundraising and budgeting. I had to push the limits of my already strong organizational skills and gained skills in managing my crew's time and energy. This was evaluated by assessment of my personal experiences prior to and after the project's completion.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Robin N. Schwartzman
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