Artist Initiative

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

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Haffmans will create a 3-D visual artwork incorporating the handwriting of individuals incarcerated in Minnesota. She will exhibit the work and host a public lecture and discussion at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul. Haffmans plans to make a book of the art for the prison library.

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

Susan Feigenbaum: Ceramic artist and educator; Arts Board grantee; Ernest Gillman: Visual artis, Arts Board grantee; Paige Guggemos: Freelance graphic and web designer; printmaker; Ann Klefstad: Artist and writer; Arts Board grantee; Charles Matson Lume: Visual artist; professor of art, School of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin-Stout; James Sannerud: Wood carver and furniture maker; 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)

To develop new skills in my three-dimensional visual art practice by highlighting handwritten script of prisoners and document and exhibit the resulting work. Outcome evaluated in the completion of three-dimensional artwork of scale highlighting handwritings of prisoners, professional documentation of same and realization of exhibition. 2: Host public lecture with Q and A in conjunction with exhibit to raise awareness of prisoners' issues. Outcome evaluated in the completion of the public lecture and through counting audience attendance including verbal or handwritten feedback during or after the event.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Artist developed new skills in 3-D visual art practice. Artist completed 3-D artwork of scale highlighting handwritings of incarcerated women, professionally documented and publicly exhibited. 2: Minnesota artists develop and use skills for engaging with audiences or communities. Artist completed public lecture with Q and A and verbal and written feedback during and after the event.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Marcia Haffmans
(612) 377-0391
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