Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Karen E. Quiroz
Recipient Type
Start Date
June 2012
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Quiroz, a vocalist specializing in Brazilian music, will produce a CD-length recording and 500 download cards of contemporary and roots Brazilian music. She will also organize a series of twelve community performances.
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
Jason Allen: Electronic performance artist and Producer, Ballet Mech.; Jill Dawe: Associate professor of music, Augsburg College.; Paula Gudmundson: Founder, Seven Suns ensemble. Artist and arts educator.; Daniel Kallman: Composer; Janis Lane-Ewart: Executive director, KFAI, Fresh Air, Inc. Volunteer programmer, "The Collective Eye" (KFAI). Treasurer, Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations, and National Federation of Community Broadcasters.; Martha Lindberg: Handbell director, Centenary
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)

My focus is Brazilian roots music. The opportunities for study within Minnesota are extremely limited. With the funds from this grant, however, I was able to learn and study a form of music called Pagode with a group of about 20 people. I evaluated this experience in two ways. First, I asked all of the participants for feedback at the end of each of our workshops to assess how the learning experience was going for them. The response was overwhelmingly positive and people were appreciative of the opportunity. Second, the clearest evidence of success is the fact that we are now a Pagode ensemble. I have learned the music and the particular band leadership needed for this music. Not to mention, I have a core group of about 12 people who are able to play this music on the traditional Brazilian instruments and provide the required backup vocals (call and response). We continue to play out on an ongoing basis. 2: I learned many skills during this project through having to book a large group (7 - 10 players), record this music with a sound engineer, co-implementing workshops, and working with a web design on my own website. I would evaluate my work as a success based on my ability to work with a range of contractors and musicians to help me complete the project.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Karen E. Quiroz
(612) 205-8125
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