Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,350
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Spirit Lake Poetry Series
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
October 2015
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Carlton
Lake
St. Louis
Carlton
Lake
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,350
Other Funds Leveraged
$2,815
Direct expenses
$6,165
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Our success will be measured by a) who we are able to feature in our readings; b) quality of the readings; and c) attendance at the readings. We plan to evaluate by feedback from the writers/poets who participate in the reading series; feedback from audiences at the event; and by keeping a head count at each of our events so we are better able to meet our mission.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Spirit Lake Poetry Series' success was measured by a) poets featured in our readings; b) the quality of those readings; and c) attendance at these readings. With our awarded grant funds, we featured three recently award-winning local, regional and national poets. In November 2015, Duluthian Julie Gard read from her poetry collection 'Home Studies'; newly published in 2015, and the winner of the New Rivers Press 2015 Many Voices Poetry Award. This reading served as Gard's Duluth launch for 'Home Studies' and many community members and students were in attendance. In March 2016, Minneapolis poet Jennifer Willoughby read from her new collection 'Beautiful Zero'. The collection won the 2015 Lindquist and Vellum prize sponsored and published by Milkweed Editions, which is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is the second year that Spirit Lake Poetry Series has partnered with Milkweed Editions to bring one of their authors to read for our series. Camille Dungy read for Spirit Lake Poetry Series in April 2016. Ms. Dungy is the author of three award-winning poetry books from Crab Orchard Open Book Prize and Red Hen Press, and is also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts', Cave Canem and Bread Loaf Writers' Awards. Both Gard and Dungy treated their audiences to a roughly 45 minute question and answer session after their readings, which audiences thoroughly enjoyed. Audience members asked a number of thoughtful questions and received excellent and appreciative responses. A total of 150 audience members, both local and regional, attended the three readings. This year's poets were thrilled to participate in the reading series and had a great time before, during and after the readings. Both audience members and poets were energized during these readings, and the events were met with much acclaim and audience attendance; all readings were standing-room only!

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Kathleen Roberts, Jill Hinners, John McCormick, Liz Minette, Paul Peterson, Ryan Vine
Project Overview
Art Project Grant
Project Details
Produce reading series for Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016
Project Manager
First Name
Kathleen
Last Name
Roberts
Organization Name
Spirit Lake Poetry Series
Street Address
814 6th St W
City
Duluth
State
MN
Zip Code
55806
Phone
(218) 213-7881
Email
lminette@earthlink.net
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; David Beard: Assistant Professor of writing studies at University of Minnesota-Duluth; 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; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Candace LaCosse: North House Folk School instructor, leatherwork designer and crafter.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
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 for North Shore Music Association, writer; David Beard: Assistant Professor of writing studies at University of Minnesota-Duluth; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; 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; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No