Folk and Traditional Arts

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kristofer J. Keltgen
Recipient Type
Start Date
November 2012
End Date
October 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Cultural Heritage

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

By apprenticing with a master artist, Keltgen will obtain the skills to play the concertina reflective of German, Bohemian, and Czechoslovakian styles. Evaluation will be completed by the master artist throughout and at the end of the program to evaluate the performance of the apprentice. The apprentice will also complete a self-assessment to evaluate if the outcome was achieved. 2: The private instruction and public performances provided by the project will provide exposure to ethnic music to multiple communities in Minnesota. The project coordinator will keep records of the public performances. Success will be measured by audience reaction and requests for future performances based upon the success of the public performances.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The apprentice, Kris Keltgen, learned many of the subtle methods by which to improve performance ability and technique in playing the concertina from the Master Artist, Karl Hartwich. These technique included musical dynamics, chord structure, and various fingerings used in many of the ethnic musical styles performed on the concertina. Due to decreasing numbers of professional concertina players playing the traditional ethnic music, it was important for the apprentice to learn these techniques directly from the Master Artist. With further study and practice, the apprentice should be able to pass these learnings onto others in an effort to keep the traditional music styles and instrumental techniques alive for future generations. 2: The apprentice, Kris Keltgen, and master artist, Karl Hartwich, performed together five times in the State of Minnesota as part of the grant application requirements. It is estimated that as many as 3,150 people enjoyed these public performances. Public reaction was very enthusiastically received at each of these performances. Two especially noteworthy public performances occurred on August 26-27 when Kris and Karl performed at the Minnesota State Fair. It should also be noted that on August 8, 2013, Kris and Karl performed for 1,600 people at the Medina Ballroom in Medina, Minnesota as part of a television taping for RFD-TV network which (has been) and will continue to be broadcast on National Television. The RFD-TV network has an audience of 61 million viewers nationwide.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Folk and Traditional Arts
Project Details
Keltgen will apprentice with master artist, Karl Hartwich to enrich and enhance his skills on the concertina. Keltgen and Hartwich will perform together at multiple venues throughout the state to demonstrate their German, Bohemian, and Czechoslovakian playing styles.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kristofer J. Keltgen
(507) 385-8130
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
Elizabeth Bucheit: Visual artist, jewelry and metalwork; Nicolas Carter: Harpist, performer of Latin American music, Fulbright Scholar, Teaching artist; Tamara Nadel: Founding member, Ragamala Dance; Timothy Sparks: Musician, guitarist; Kimberly Sueoka: Vocalist, specializing in Hawaiian music; instructor and artist in residence; Gwen Westerman Wasicuna: Professor of English and humanities, Minnesota State University Mankato. Poet and fiber artist.; Greg Wright: Executive director, North House Folk School
Conflict of Interest Disclosed