Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Troy Rogers
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
May 2015
End Date
January 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Lake
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,885
Direct expenses
$6,885
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

1) Participants are exposed to examples of art and music that challenge prior conceptions and expand awareness of the range of approaches practiced and possible. 2) The technology underlying musical robots and related technologies are demystified and examined. 3) Participants gain basic understanding of concepts related to instrument design, robotic devices, musical composition, and improvisation. These concepts are imparted and utilized in the creative process. 4) Participants acquire or improve upon skills and techniques related to musical instrument design and music composition. 5) Students work collaboratively to efficiently complete a complex and multifaceted creative project. A primary measure of success will be the successful completion of a new musical robot and its use in realizing new music by participants at the conclusion of each workshop. Additionally, workshop participants will be surveyed following each workshop. The questionnaire will solicit responses concerning what students learned in the workshop, the identification of aspects that were particularly successful as well as those that show room for improvement or reconsideration. Follow-up interviews with the workshop liaisons at each venue will be conducted to gather their assessments of the event and any constructive criticism that may inform future workshops.

Measurable Outcome(s)

1) Participants were exposed to examples of art and music that challenged prior conceptions and expanded awareness of the range of approaches practiced and possible. 2) The technology underlying musical robots and related technologies were demystified and examined. 3) Participants gained basic understanding of concepts related to instrument design, robotic devices, musical composition, and improvisation. These concepts were imparted and utilized in the creative process. 4) Participants acquired and improved upon skills and techniques related to musical instrument design and music composition. 5) Students worked collaboratively to efficiently complete a complex and multifaceted creative project.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant
Project Details
Musical Robotics Workshops in the Arrowhead Region. In summer and fall of 2015, I plan to present workshops in three northern Minnesota communities in which participants will experience first-hand the multifaceted art of musical robotics. These workshops will be targeted toward area youth, and will be held in Virginia, Two Harbors, and Duluth. Over the course of several days, participants will create robotic musical instruments, compose music for these devices, and perform music at a public concert to which the local public will be invited.
Project Manager
First Name
Troy
Last Name
Rogers
Organization Name
Troy Rogers
State
MN
Phone
(218) 750-4518
Email
troy@expressivemachines.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; Ken Bloom: Director of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; David Beard: Assistant Professor University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth, Shannon Sweeney: stage manager for Duluth Playhouse and former production manager for the Minnesota Ballet; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; David Beard: Assistant Professor University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Shannon Sweeney: stage manager for Duluth Playhouse and former production manager for the Minnesota Ballet.