Career Development Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,059
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Wes Bailey
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
May 2015
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Cass
Itasca
St. Louis
Carlton
Lake
Cook
Aitkin
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
$1,059
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,521
Direct expenses
$2,580
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The goal of the achieving Arrowhead Regional Arts Council grant funding is to have my images printed on high-quality photographic paper and have them professionally mounted and framed to ensure a professional appearance for my first solo exhibition at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota during April 2015. Next goal is to benefit the MacRostie by bringing in a diverse audience during the display period. Bring recognition to women skaters of roller derby teams across the Iron Range whom will be featured in my exhibition images. Dispel misconceptions about how roller derby used to be depicted on television from the 1970s and 1980s. My exhibit will contribute a more accurate understanding of this sport, and could increase support for our Grand Rapids roller derby team and potentially for teams across the Iron Range of Minnesota. The outcome of receiving Arrowhead Regional Arts Council funding will be high-quality professionally printed and framed images to display during my solo exhibition at the MacRostie Art Center.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I had the showing printed and framed by a professional organization. I brought recognition to the Iron Range and the teams found throughout (e.g., Iron Range Maidens, Babe City Rollers). The showing dispelled misconceptions about roller derby (e.g., the old 1970s roller derby was for show - today's derby is quite competitive). And finally, the showing contributed to an accurate understanding of roller derby.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Career Development Grant
Project Details
Documenting Roller Derby - Portraits/Action. For this exhibit, I will include unique, experiential images of action and candid portraits from roller derby bouts from across the Iron Range in Minnesota. Images included in the exhibition bear witness to the passion, strength, skill, and displays of roller derby. Roller derby produces a one-of-a-kind aesthetic, combining traditionally feminine elements (dramatic makeup and fishnet hose) with elements of a contact sport (protective gear, aggressive maneuvering, and visibly painful falls). The sport empowers women, creates a sense of sisterhood among teammates, and rallies the community around these women who are themselves part of the community.
Project Manager
First Name
Wes
Last Name
Bailey
Organization Name
Wes Bailey
State
MN
Phone
(573) 823-5117
Email
jwesley.bailey@gmail.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
John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; David Beard: Assistant Professor University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior; Catherine Meier: website designer, printmaker, drawer, animator; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist.