Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lora S. Madjar-Farley AKA Lora Madjar
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Stoyanova will complete a short, stop-motion animation film, "Finding Away," about the fictional immigration experiences of a young woman. She will also visit a university class where she will preview the film and make herself available for feedback and
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
Andy Driscoll: Cohost of "TruthToTell" (KFAI), broadcast journalist, writer/commentator, political and public affairs specialist.; Kiera Faber: Visual artist, and member of Midwest Photographers Project.; Rick Hauser: Producer, director, and writer for television and media.; Amalia Nicholson: Media artist and educator.; Mark Rosenwinkel: Chair of the department of theater and dance, Concordia University. Lead teaching artist, Guthrie Theater summer theater camps. Actor, director, and playwright.; Norah Shap
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. Minnesota artists are able to develop business skills needed to support their professional art work. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

While working on my film, I improved my prop-building techniques, used new methods to make my characters and tested professional grade supplies for model making. I researched extensively industry standards. Learned new ways to tell a story that unfolds in time. Acquired a stop-motion animation software of professional level - Dragon Frame. At the same time purchased new DSLR camera (Nikon D7000) with live view option to take full advantage of what Dragon Frame has to offer. Final Cut Pro - the editing program I used in the beginning of the film was not compatible with Mac Pro so I had to switch to Adobe Premier and learn that new software in a short time. Collaborating with another artist also made me a better director. I am taking away many lessons of how to manage a small production company that focuses on experimental short films. In addition, at the start of the project, I invited the filmmaker Chris Sullivan in my studio to ask for professional feedback. Time management! 2: During the grant year, I kept detailed track of expenses incurred for the film in preparation for claiming art expense as a tax deduction for the first time. I researched how to create comprehensive budgets for the independent film industry in preparation for raising funds and soliciting fiscal sponsorship. In addition, I networked with other artists and film makers. I identified more grants I qualify for and currently I am following through with my plans. Record keeping and developing plans for future fundraising is an essential component of professionalizing as an individual artist. My method of evaluation of this outcome is based on my preparedness to take the next step towards financing my art projects. I am ready to implement my plans and apply what I have learned; therefore, I find that I have achieved 100% of my intentions.

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Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lora S. Madjar-Farley AKA Lora Madjar
(612) 810-4624
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