Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lloyd W. Brant
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
January 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Brant will write and develop Ship of Fools, a performance about the mythic origin of clowns. The show will premiere in January 2014.
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
Harold Cropp: Executive director, Commonweal Theater Company, Lanesboro; Heather Hamilton: Actor and director, Associate Professor of Theatre, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Actor and director; Samantha Johns: Director, actor, choreographer, scenic designer and painter, Minneapolis; Annie Rollins: Puppet, scenic, and costume designer, Minneapolis; Gregory Stavrou: Executive director, Rochester Civic Theatre; writer, director, designer, and producer; Saymoukda Vongsay: Lao American Poet, playwright, performance artist and arts advocate, St. Paul
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
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
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

My budget includes funds to cover fees and tuition for The Loft and Playwrights' Center. My project will be scheduled for a public performance at the end of the grant period. This trial by fire will provide the opportunity to clearly evaluate the growth of my writing ability. 2: My project is scheduled for a public performance at the end of the grant period in the downtown St Paul Cultural Arts District. I predict that my audience base will grow as a result of the excitement of this new work. I will measure the actual growth against my estimated growth and evaluate my success in reaching a larger Minnesota audience.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I learned a great deal from my in depth classes at both the Playwright Center and The Loft. The key thing I learned at the Playwright Center was the importance to workshop your play to develop the finished work. THE LOFT provide a deeper understanding of the art of writing which has inspired me to continue writing on a daily bases. I finished up my project with a class at THE LOFT called Publishing Boot Camp to now learn how to publish my writing. 2: As stated above my biggest lesson at the Playwright Center was the importance of workshoping your play. Because of this lesson Minnesotans were able to see the development of my play when I arranged to workshop it at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in the fall of 2013. 1,600+ audience members had the opportunity to see me develop the text over seven weekends. The ability to work my play before a live audience was the period of the most artistic growth.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Lloyd W. Brant
(612) 850-1804
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