Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Bart L. Buch AKA Bart Buch
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
November 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Buch will collaborate with local musicians Martin Dosh and Alex Strachota to blend music with traditional and experimental puppetry. He will present a performance at a Twin Cities venue in the fall of 2013.
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)

I will spend 60 hours of exploration and study with artistic collaborators to deepen the crucial relationship of music in my puppetry work. I will keep a log of the exploratory workshops to record reflections and insights. I will video-record some workshops and the culminating event to observe the process and product. I will invite peers into the process to solicit feedback on the work. 2: I will spend 40 hours studying piano, guitar, and music theory. I will be more able to communicate better with artistic collaborators about the musical language of my puppet performances.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I spent 60-80 hours of exploration and study with artistic collaborators to deepen the relationship of music in my puppetry work. This happened through rehearsing, conversing, choreographing, creating music in preparation for the culminating event. My artistic collaborators and I created an event called the Peace Day Lantern Ceremony as the focus for the exploration of my work's relationship with music and puppetry. My main musical collaborator, Martin Dosh, had seen previous lantern ceremonies that I had created in Powderhorn Park and wanted to use this event to focus our study of music in my work. I video and photo documented the process and product of this event. I also invited artistic peers to the final event and solicited feedback specifically about the relationship of the musical language of the work. 2: I spent 40 hours studying piano, guitar and music theory (i.e. rhythms, notes, scales) to better communicate with musical collaborators in my puppetry work. I learned musical terms and technical language to attain better communication about the development of my work. I verbally evaluated the differences in this collaboration with musical collaborators to note the development of my understanding of musical language.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Bart L. Buch AKA Bart Buch
(612) 377-3698
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