Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Elizabeth G. Day
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Mille Lacs
Red Lake
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 create a feature-length documentary film and a website examining the rich history of moccasin games played by the Ojibwe and Dakota tribes in Minnesota. This will be my first time leading the charge into a feature-length documentary. The finished documentary and website will prove the success of my artistic development and building of professional business skills. 2: I will be collaborating with four other Native American artists who live and work in Minnesota. I will be working closely with Gabriel Siert (Dakota/Ottawa), Pamela Johns (Ojibwe), Vince Moniz (Mandan Hadatsa Rikara/Lakota) and using Buffalo Nickel Creative, a Native owned and operated website development company.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The documentary was not completed in its entirety due to personnel changes. Cultural practices prevented me from making connections into the male driven moccasin game society in order to film game play. 2: I worked with 5 Native American artists during this granting period.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details

Day will create a documentary about the rich cultural history of moccasin games played by the Ojibwe and Dakota tribes of Minnesota. She will hold public screenings of the film at reservation schools and community centers.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Elizabeth G. Day
(612) 963-7799
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
Melissa Brandt: Screenplay writer, Metropolitan State University; Community Faculty; Jennifer Garza: Graphic designer, Jostens Inc.; production design, animation, freelance; short films; Crystal Hegge: Director, Frozen River Film Festival; Melissa Koch: Independent documentary filmmaker and educator; Kevin Obsatz: Filmmaker/Moving image artist; Anal Shah: Filmmaker photographer and media artist; faculty, St. Cloud State University; Norah Shapiro: Independent filmmaker; Jacob Swanson: Film-maker, installation artist and photographer, Duluth
Conflict of Interest Disclosed