Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Joan A. Smith AKA Joanie Smith
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
March 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Smith will work with two female Minnesota dancers/choreographers over the age of 50, to develop her ability to create full movement dance for the older female body.
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
Leigh Dillard: Assistant Professor of Theater, College of St Benedict/St John's University. Co-founder of MICA, later Minnesota Dance Alliance.; Leah Nelson: Co-founder, director, dance curator, youth workshop and DJ coordinator, B-Girl BE: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop (Intermedia Arts). Artistic director, Nubia. Running after-school program at Bloomington Public Schools (Galaxy After School Program).; Ashwini Ramaswamy: Dancer and Director of Publicity and Marketing, Ragamala Dance.; Janice Roberts: Professor and chair of Dance Department, St Olaf College.; Abdo Rodriquez: Dancer; Sally Rousse: Dancer, choreographer; Deborah Thayer: Instructor, Zenon Dance School. Dancer and choreographer.
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.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This was a wonderful experience. I created solos for myself, as I proposed. I also created solos for the two other older dancers I worked with- Erin Thompson and Judith Howard. I was able to create a full work that included the solos I created for Erin and Judith, performed at the Cowles. The ones I created for myself helped with my process. Through this project, I absolutely gained much greater understanding of movement that can be generated by and for the older female dancer, and this will have major impact on my work as I move forward. My evaluation was very much a self-assessment conducted throughout the process by looking at what I was creating, checking in with myself and the dancers to ensure that we weren't sliding into familiar patterns, but really reaching and exploring to take our bodies and the work into new territory.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Joan A. Smith AKA Joanie Smith
(612) 803-4334
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