Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
William J. Cottman
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Cottman will create and perform a multidisciplinary ensemble work using the contents of a self-published book of poems and photographs.
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
Cheri Buzzeo: Theater manager, The Barn Theatre.; Harold Cropp: Executive director, Commonweal Theatre Company. Member of Board of Directors, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.; Christine Gradl Seitz: Executive and artistic director, Duluth Playhouse.; Alberto Justiniano: Producer and artistic director, Teatro del Pueblo. Filmmaker, playwright, and theater artist.; Robert Karimi: Writer; Miriam Must: Co-founder and managing director, Red Eye Theater. Co-developer, Red Eye Tableau Strategy.; Gregory Stavrou: Executive director, Rochester Civic Theatre. Board member, Rochester Arts Council. Writer, director, designer, and producer.
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. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Surface Tensions was an opportunity for us to practice sharing leadership. Since we are family first and performing artists second, this became an experiment the practice of freedom, identity and responsibility. We got feedback at the end of the last performance and it is still happening via Facebook. 2: We attracted the attention of Twin Cities Public Television (Channel 2) and the Minnesota Originals program sent a film crew and associate producer to film and create a program for broadcast in January 2013. Each of us has our own audience for our individual work. Surface Tensions was an opportunity for those audiences to converge.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
William J. Cottman
(612) 522-7986
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