Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,600
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Mitchell J. Bercier
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
June 2013
End Date
June 2014
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Carlton
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,600
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$2,600
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I intend to gain valuable experience with publishing and marketing my work by printing and distributing my work to retailers through the major comic distribution channel and by giving readings. I intend to sell all 2,000 copies and use proceeds to continue publishing an ongoing series that will evolve from the original work. If I can manage to sustain publishing the series to completion from the initial proceeds, as well as build a solid online audience for my work I will consider myself successful. 2: By holding small events such as book signings and readings throughout the area, I can raise awareness about my work and the work of comic artists at large throughout Minnesota. I think if I can manage to increase the number of readers who frequent the comic shops at which I present based off feedback from the store owners, I will consider the work a success.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Bercier will create a 24-page comic book and distribute it to independent comic book retailers throughout the state and the country.
Project Manager
First Name
Mitchell
Last Name
Bercier
Organization Name
Mitchell J. Bercier
State
MN
Phone
(218) 349-8538
Email
berc0033@d.umn.edu
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: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. 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, educator, Bemidji; Leann Johnson: Graphic designer, illustrator and ceramic tile artist; Doris Logue: Rural visual artist, commited to the environment and regional conservation issues; Seho Park: Artist, Art Professor, Winona State University; Jane Powers: Mixed media sculptor and public art artist; Don Sherman: Artist, Educator, Photographer, mentors program coordinator, Southwest Minnesota State University College; Krista Walsh: Multidisciplinary artist, art activist; Adjunct Faculty member, University of Minnesota, Hamline University; Christopher Zerendow: Artist, adjunct instructor, North Hennepin Community College; State Arts Board grant recipient
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No