Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Athena O. Kildegaard
Recipient Type
In Progress
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

Commission a song cycle of poems from my forthcoming book that will be performed with readings of that book in Saint Paul, Bemidji, and Duluth. Attendance at the readings and performances will be counted and feedback from the audience recorded; artists involved will, after every program, evaluate the performance and the audience's reception. 2: Finish the manuscript of a book in progress. At the end of the grant period, the manuscript of the new book will be ready to send to or will have been sent to potential publishers and contests.

Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Kildegaard will commission Linda Kachelmeier to compose a song cycle using poems from her new book. Readings and performances of the book and the music will be held in Saint Paul, Bemidji, and Duluth.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Athena O. Kildegaard
(320) 349-0661x c
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

James Cihlar: Publisher, Howling Bird Press; Arts Board grantee; Yahya Frederickson: Poet; professor of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead; Marion Gomez: Poet and teaching artist, Loft Literary Center; Sagirah Shahid: Writer, educator, and advocate; Arts Board grantee; Elizabeth Tannen: Writer and teacher; Arts Board poetry grantee; Michael Torres: Writer and teacher; Arts Board grantee

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600