Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
James Gordon. Everest
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Composer James Everest will compose, record, and present four outdoor `sound garden` sound and performance installations inspired by the four seasons.

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. Chair, 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. Officer at -Large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Mayor of Red Wing, elected 2016. Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies.; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Nicholas Gaudette: Bassist and Arts Board grantee; active with Hear Here Live Music and Movement Festival, Cherry Spoon collective; Janis Lane-Ewart: Long-time arts administrator and consultant; development officer at KBEM Jazz88; Elizabeth Larson: School music teacher; freelance musician; John Munson: Musician with The New Standards and The Twilight Hours; Arts Board grantee; Betsy Neil: Violinist and fiddler; elementary school music and orchestra teacher; Stephen Pelkey: Music faculty at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota; cellist with Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Chamber Music Society; Andrew Stermer: Composer, producer, and percussionist

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The artist will learn to compose, record, and present a new sound garden suite of original music based on the four seasons. The artist's progress will be evaluated by his completion of the process of learning to compose, record, and present a new `sound garden` suite of original music based on the four seasons. 2: Artist will develop and utilize new skills in marketing and presenting his new work for new audiences in new venue settings. The public presentation of four new original sound + performance installations at new venues will challenge him to develop and utilize new skills in marketing and presenting his new art form.

Measurable Outcome(s)

All four seasonal sound garden events were successfully created and presented at four different sites around Minnesota. Over a thousand visitors attended the four sound garden events, created and presented by lead artist / composer / director James Everest, at four different outdoor sites around Minnesota. 2: Composer/director James Everest successfully developed his new model for engaging with audiences and communities. by partnering with local organizations (schools, historical societies, parks, libraries, arts orgs) and local artists, lead artist was able to develop and use new skills in marketing and presenting his work, and engaging with local communities.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
James G. Everest
(612) 879-8676
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