Minnesota's Legacy

Art Project Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$756
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Lake Superior Writers
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
October 2016
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Carlton
St. Louis
Carlton
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

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$756
Other Funds Leveraged
$456
Direct expenses
$1,212
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.00
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Goal 1 is to create an engaging arts experience as four published writers read from their books, share their journey to publishing, and discuss the art of writing. The outcome is a positive, inspiring experience for the audience and the writers. Goal 2 is to increase awareness of Lake Superior Writers as an organization that provides arts experiences, programs to advance personal success in writing, and fellowship with other writers. Outcomes, both short- and long-term, could be new and renewed memberships. Goal 3 is to increase visibility for this type of arts experience--celebrating and honoring an important milestone for writers: publishing a book. Audience size and positive comments are possible outcomes. To measure outcomes of Goal 1 (providing a great literary arts activity), we will survey event attendees and compile comments sent to Lake Superior Writers afterwards. Over the long term, we will note and record whether or not writers who have attended felt that their vision of publishing a book was advanced. To measure outcomes of Goal 2 (awareness of Lake Superior Writers' benefits), we will document comments and note new and renewed memberships following the event. To measure outcomes of Goal 3 (hold an event that celebrates published writers), we will document attendance as well as both immediate and longer-term comments. One outcome of the event could be an annual reading of published works by Lake Superior Writers members.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Below we quote from the grant application regarding goals of the project and measurable outcomes; following each, we list outcomes and evaluation. “To measure outcomes of Goal 1 (providing a great literary arts activity), we will survey event attendees and compile comments sent to LSW afterwards. Over the long term, we will note and record whether or not writers who have attended felt that their vision of publishing a book was advanced.” - We noted 8-10 positive comments and no negative comments on the part of attendees regarding the event. - Two of the artists expressed their gratitude and that they had a positive and fun experience. - We have no data at this time on the other possible outcome mentioned; our feedback is primarily qualitative: attendees were enthused and inspired by the readings. The event is an important and positive way to honor writers and the artistic process. “To measure outcomes of Goal 2 (awareness of LSW's benefits), we will document comments and note new and renewed memberships following the event.” - We supplied at least two attendees with membership information at the event. - We met our goal to be visible, along with ARAC, as hosts/sponsors of the event. - We cannot associate new memberships or renewals directly to this event, but our number of members and renewals grew during the period of the event. The event provides good visibility for both LSW and for ARAC. “To measure outcomes of Goal 3 (hold an event that celebrates published writers), we will document attendance as well as both immediate and longer-term comments. One outcome of the event could be an annual reading of published works by LSW members.” - About 35 people attended the event. - This is our most qualitative area of measurement, though later in this report we advocate for more opportunities for prose readings sponsored by LSW, based partly on the enthusiasm attendees demonstrated and described at the event. The event underscores the value of readings.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Maddie Cohen, Linda Conradi, Molly McGregor, Marty Sozansky, Marie Zhuikov
Project Overview
Art Project Grant
Project Details
Published! Four writers' first books
Project Manager
First Name
Gail
Last Name
Trowbridge
Organization Name
Lake Superior Writers
Street Address
301 1st St W Ste 308
City
Duluth
State
MN
Zip Code
55811-2755
Phone
(218) 728-1354
Email
writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of Music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Candace LaCosse: North House Folk School instructor, leatherwork designer and crafter; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artists, poet, and former Children’s Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artists, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Quentin Stille: student liaison, College Music Director - KUMD.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist; Jeanne Doty: Retired Associate Professor of Music at University of Minnesota-Duluth, pianist; Candace LaCosse: North House Folk School instructor, leatherwork designer and crafter; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artists, poet, and former Children’s Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artists, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Quentin Stille: student liaison, College Music Director - KUMD.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No