Minnesota's Legacy

Quick Start Opportunity Grants

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$193
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
A.H. Zeppa Family Foundation AKA Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
April 2015
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Lake
Carlton
Cook
Aitkin
Itasca
Koochiching
St. Louis
Lake
Carlton
Cook
Aitkin
Itasca
Koochiching
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Cultural Heritage

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$193
Other Funds Leveraged
$10,057
Direct expenses
$10,250
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This request is dedicated to purchasing a baby grand piano to facilitate artistic experiences in the atrium and performance theater. Our goal is to give more artists the opportunity to perform and earn an income. Over the course of 2015, we will build towards an average of at least two performance art activities per week in the atrium, and they will highlight a diverse array of artistic forms - from poetry to music to spoken word to storytelling. We will spend at least $9,500 paying artists to perform in the atrium, many of which will play our piano. We will also try to measure the number of audience members who listen to the piano. This is easier to do when the piano is used in the performance theater because of ticket sales. When it's being played in the atrium, which is generally a non-ticketed area, we'll have to make our best estimations based on feedback from staff, head counts, etc. We will track the number of artists who use the piano, starting immediately after grant proceeds are received. This will include events anywhere in our building. Tracking of audience members will be harder as the atrium space is a transient space and not something that we generally sell tickets for. But we can track the times the piano is used in the atrium, performance theaters, and throughout the building, and approximate the number of audience members who heard a performance.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Funds were used to purchase a baby grand piano to facilitate artistic experiences in the atrium and performance theater. Our goal was to give more artists the opportunity to perform and earn an income, with projections of two performance art activities each week in the atrium, highlighting a variety of art forms. In 2015 there were over 40 unique nights of live music in the atrium alone. And nearly 1/2 of those performances utilized the piano. This translates to nearly two dozen artists taking advantage of the instrument, and well over 700 unique audience members.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Sarah Seidelmann, Bill Payne, Geiger Yount, Mickey Pearson, Aparna Katre, Francis Heid
Project Overview

Quick Start Opportunity Grants

Project Details

Atrium Arts Expansion - Baby Grand Piano. We have the opportunity to build on a grant award to expand our artistic programming in the atrium with the discount purchase of a baby grand piano. This piano was originally loaned to us for the performance of a recent production in our performance theater, and without our expectation, the offer was made to sell us this piano for very good price. This would be an amazing resource for us to build on a growing number of artistic performances occurring in our atrium space and performance theater.

Project Manager
First Name
Anthony
Last Name
Cuneo
Organization Name
A.H. Zeppa Family Foundation AKA Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community
Street Address
222 Superior St E Ste 326
City
Duluth
State
MN
Zip Code
55802
Phone
(218) 726-5430
Email
tony@zeppa.org
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

Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair.