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Total loan: $7,000
Minneapolis, MN, United States / Arts
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A loan helped establish a sustainable business with the expansion of Broadcasting W.O.W. (workshop on wheels) that includes the conversion of a city metro transit bus, creation of a comprehensive marketing plan and support from an art business consultant.
I grew up in a small town near Minneapolis, Minnesota where I was able to express my creativity and entrepreneurial spirit with the organization of and performance in carnivals and festivals in my own backyard. Although not well attended, I was able to generate some excitement, gather some folks for fun and make a few dollars. When I turned 16, I was ready to take my show on the road with my ‘79 Camaro to Minneapolis for adventure, culture and self-expression. I love to travel, explore and discover new places, people and experiences. My business and my public art practice allow me to create exciting and engaging opportunities for others within new environments and communities. In 2001 I graduated with my BFA from the University of Minnesota and began my work as a sculpture instructor at Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (a center for individuals with (dis)abilities). I was energized by the artwork that was created there and wanted to share it with a broader audience. I applied for and received a grant from Forecast Public Art for the Interstellar Record Project – a cast metal sculpture residency, a community metal pour event and the exhibition of a collaborative public sculpture. Upon completion of this project, I founded Broadcasting W.O.W. (workshop on wheels) a traveling sculpture foundry that allows me to create art within many different communities and share their visions with others. As a public artist, I have a series of interactive/participatory mobile sculptures, Bio Scenic Travel Machines – earth rovers that collect objects, take photos and document ecology – that I exhibit locally and continue to develop and create. My dream for the future is to integrate my acquired skills, knowledge and creative visions into a cohesive art business project – the new Broadcasting W.O.W.!