Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Matthew D. McCright AKA Matthew McCright
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2017
End Date
December 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

McCright will commission a new solo work for piano, by Reinaldo Moya, that uses the diverse musical styles of Latin America and references the immigrant experience. A public symposium and concert will take place at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

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

Gregory Brosofske: Composer and sound designer; Rolf Erdahl: Bass player, OboeBass!; bass instructor, Gustavus Adolphus College; Linda Kachelmeier: Composer, conductor and singer; founder of LUMINA; El Karnwie-Tuah: Hip-hop artist; Arts Board grantee; Sarah Lawrence: Co-general artistic director, Lyric Opera of the North; Loretta Simonet: Musician with award-winning folk music duo, Curtis and Loretta; Justin Spenner: Classical baritone and private voice instructor

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)

This project will allow the applicant to engage with the Latin American immigrant community in Minnesota through a concert of new works for piano. A pre-concert symposium will occur with composer and pianist discussing the works and influences with the audience. 2: The applicant will expand his knowledge of cultural music of this region and how it can be incorporated into new works for piano. A large work for solo piano using the musical styles of Latin America will be created. The composer, an immigrant to Minnesota and scholar in Latin American music will coach the applicant.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The project allowed the applicant to engage with the Latin American community through a concert premier of a new cycle for solo piano. The evaluation of the project came from a Q/A panel session and post-evening conversations after the performance. 2: The applicant expanded his knowledge of how perilous the migrant experience can be and how it can be interpreted through music. The piece required the pianist to think more deeply about how to convey the journey, complete with all its perils to an audience through music; requiring theatrical sensibilities more than straight-forward playing.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Matthew D. McCright AKA Matthew McCright
(651) 325-7514
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