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A Dance Community Gathering

March 2004 – Meeting notes from a gathering of dance artists, administrators, and supporters, who asked the question: How can we collectively enhance and support our efforts to make Minnesota a place where dance and dance artists thrive? 85 pages.

McKnight Strategic Framework, 2012-2014

July 30, 2012 In 2012, The McKnight Foundation’s board of directors and staff developed a strategic framework to guide our work during the upcoming three years. Rather than a traditional “strategic plan” that might detail specific activities to be pursued over a specified time frame, this framework offers a sense of how we will approach …

Creating Common Ground

May 2006 – Minnesota’s Embrace Open Space nonprofit partnership as a case study in collaborative communications. Request printed copies.

Christine Baeumler: Bog Walk

Bog Walk from Works Progress on Vimeo. Artist Christine Baeumler wants us to get our feet wet. When we approached her about creating a short video for McKnight’s State of the Artist project about her and her recent work, she suggested we take a walk together. On one of the hottest days of the summer …

Dobby Gibson: Putting Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion from Works Progress on Vimeo. How can poets collaborate with other artists and communities to bring poetry into the world in new ways? Dobby Gibson is a poet, but he doesn’t wear the title on his sleeve. In our initial conversations with him about the State of the Artist Documentary Project, Dobby …

Carolyn Swiszcz: Perpetual Inspiration Machine

Perpetual Inspiration Machine from Works Progress on Vimeo. What happens when creating work for a gallery audience isn’t enough? During our visit to visual artist Carolyn Swiszcz’s home studio in West Saint Paul, she shared a book of sketches she’d done back in grade school. From the time she was a kid, Carolyn was making things, whether …

Bill Cottman: Old Rhythms Making New Sense

Old Rhythms Making New Sense from Works Progress on Vimeo. When we set out on our State of the Artist Documentary Project, working with some of the McKnight Artist Fellows of the past 30 years, we immediately saw a chance to satisfy our own curiosity about Bill Cottman and his family. We”d met Bill, his wife …