Artist Initiative

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

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Wakemup will create alter egos with Native American youth that will combine his studio art practice with public performance and engagement. He is on a mission to wake people up to their inner ingenuousness and join him in what he calls ?Funktavism,? fun activism.

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

Elizabeth Devine: Jewelry designer and lettering artist; Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists co-op board member; Brian Frink: Visual artist, professor of painting and drawing, chair, art department, Minnesota State University, Mankato; John Hock: Cofounder, CEO, artistic director of Franconia Sculpture Park; Katrina Knutson: Working artist, freelance educator, and community organizer; Seho Park: Artist; art professor, Winona State University; Judith Saye-Willis: Studio visual artist; 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)

I hope to create alter egos with Native American Youth that combine studio art practice with public performance and engagement. When I have an army of Native American super heroes winning the battle for indigenous peoples to protect our mother earth you will know I am successful. 2: I hope to start and maintain an Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration in Minneapolis that will spread across the country and last far beyond my lifetime. Mostly by how many people I can wrangle to participate from year to year.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Funktavism prevailed in a 'Smart Wars' LARP battle for an audience of 300 plus concluding in a victory round dance for all. Evaluation and participation increased even as the event took place. Facebook posts were positive with robust response. Participants asked to re-enlist for future Smart Wars engagements. Volunteer recording artists produced videos and photos. 2: In community collaboration 'Smart Wars' has shared year two of Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration in Minneapolis with year three in the planning stage. Wrangling is ongoing with increasing interest. Capacity is a challenge as artists; professional, volunteer, media, performance and studio are dependent on a very amateur part-time volunteer administrative staff.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rory E. Wakemup
(507) 430-3768
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