Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Pooja G. Pavan AKA Pooja Pavan
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2017
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Pavan will work with an experienced filmmaker to produce two music videos of her original Sufi music. She will hold a public screening of the videos, along with a short concert at Normandale Community College in Bloomington.

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)

Pooja will gain experience taking two music compositions she created for her Sufi CD and re-purposing them to create two music videos. Pooja will assess the outcome by viewing the videos, through audience response at a public showing, an audience Q and A session and feedback from other musicians and artists she invites to see the work. 2: Pooja will have a new medium (videos) to promote her music locally, nationally and internationally in a cost-effective way. Pooja will invite colleagues, collaborators and presenters at the public showing to seek feedback on the quality and efficacy of the videos as a promotional tool.

Measurable Outcome(s)

As proposed, two music videos were produced from two songs on Pooja's Sufi CD, In What Land's My Beloved and released on YouTube. A written survey handed to the audience with 10 questions, to get feedback on the quality of the concert and lecture-demonstration. 2: A public event was held to formally release the two music videos, followed by a mini-concert, a brief lecture on Sufi poetry and a Q and A session. A written survey handed to the audience with ten questions, to get feedback on the quality of videos and the video release event. A conversation and Q and A session with the film director and Pooja Pavan, at the end of the video release event.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Pooja G. Pavan AKA Pooja Pavan
(612) 709-1263
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