Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
William B. Cravis
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
October 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

I designed the HAPPY CAMPERS website according to my vision of the project (a Twin Cities web professional who had limited experience -- and who was eager to expand his practice --was hired to implement the coding, according to my design). Additionally, I learned the basics of lighting, green screen, video, and audio during the production phase of the project (working side by side with a recent graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design film/video program. The success of this outcome is measured by the project's ability to impact the careers of several Minnesota artists, early in their careers, while also providing me with valuable and practical artistic/new-media experience. 2: a. I worked with a local web specialist. Evaluation: Appropriate terms-of-payment and an excellent, functional, final product (i.e. interactive project website) resulted from successful negotiations. b. A temporary studio was needed for the video production of HAPPY CAMPERS. Evaluation: I negotiated a very fair rental of a Kingfield neighborhood two-car garage. c. All video participants signed release forms. d. I approached local businesses and received in-kind" donations -- most importantly, from Pizza Luce (donated over 150 pizza slice vouchers, with which I rewarded participants), Peace Coffee (donated five 1-lb bags of coffee), and Victor's 1959 Café (a $20 gift certificate). Evaluation: received in-kind donations from local businesses that support the arts, and brought awareness to the grant programs of Minnesota State Arts Board."

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Cravis will create an interactive video installation that invites the participation of more than 100 people and is presented at galleries and other Twin Cities venues.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
William B. Cravis
(608) 658-9680
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
Marlon Davidson: Artist, writer, and educator.; Roderick Massey: Artist; Aldo Moroni, Jr.: Artist; Seho Park: Professor of art, Winona State University. Visual artist.; Kimberlee Roth: Technician for the Art and Art History Department, St Catherine University. Ceramic artist.; Barbara Wood: Awards committee member, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Bead and textile artist.; Laura Youngbird: Art instructor and cultural counselor.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed