Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Thomas M. Willis
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Rice
Steele
Dakota
Dodge
Olmsted
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
$10,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$2,100
Direct expenses
$12,100
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)

1) A new web site was developed and is live, photography was updated and equipment is in place for future use. Marketing materials were developed, printed and distributed. A new display system was designed and is in use. 2) Evaluation occurred with the successful completion of the web site and marketing materials. 2: 1-Worked with a publicist who developed press releases which lead to media coverage of the work. 2-Evaluation was measured by the attendance at the capstone event and interest expressed by other potters.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Willis will develop a Web site and marketing materials to promote his ceramic work. He will exhibit his work at the Owatonna Art Center, in the spring of 2013.
Project Manager
First Name
Thomas
Last Name
Willis
Organization Name
Thomas M. Willis
State
MN
Phone
(507) 838-7024
Email
tom@saye-willis.com
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
Gita Ghei: Sculptor and arts educator.; Jeffrey Hirst: Artist and arts presenter.; Simon Huelsbeck: Professor of art, Rochester Community and Technical College.; Caroline Kent: Watercolor and Foreign Cinema instructor, St Paul College.; Kimber Olson: Visual artist, curator, and educator.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No