Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Diana Joseph
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Blue Earth
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Joseph will work on a memoir about motherhood and postpartum depression. She will give three readings of her work in progress in Mankato, Winona, and the Twin Cities.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr.: Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka.; Benjamin Klipfel: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Pamela Perri: Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota.; Margaret Rapp: Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Cezarija Abartis: Author, Faculty member, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud; Lesley Arimah: Writer, novelist, Mankato; Nicole Helget: Writer, Mankato; Elizabeth Johnson-Miller: Poet, essayist, faculry member, College of St. Benedict/Saint John's University; Moe Norton-Westbrook: Writer, performance artist, Minneapolis; Cole Perry: Writer, Bovey; Dominic Saucedo: Writing faculty, Minneapolis Community and Technical College; Patrick Thomas: Editor and program manager, Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Practicing the art of creative nonfiction will enable me to craft the best voice to describe postpartum depression. I believe the best voice for this project is humorous, lyrical and conversational. Submitting my new essays for publication and receiving feedback from editors will help me determine the effectiveness of that voice. 2: I plan to give at least three public readings in Mankato, the Twin Cities, and Winona, and I will give radio and online interviews. I will achieve Outcome 2 by publicizing my readings through print media (newspapers, fliers) and social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs.) I will do Q and As following the readings and ask attendees to fill out a questionnaire measuring their engagement.

Measurable Outcome(s)

My outcome was to write in order to find the best voice to describe postpartum depression; that outcome would be achieved by submitting new essays for publication and receiving feedback from editors. I'm thrilled to report that I found that voice and I've produced over 100 polished pages. However, the project's shape has evolved from what I originally envisioned. Instead of stand-alone essays, the book will be a full-length memoir. Because of that, I did not submit essays to publishers. I did submit it to an agent. In August 2013, I signed on with Nicole Tourtelot of Kuhn Projects. She responded, she said, most strongly to the book's voice. Though the book is still in-progress, she's planning to submit it to publishers as a partial; I'm currently working on the proposal. That Tourtelot is invested in what she refers to as my weird, dark, funny book, and that she thinks there’s an audience and a market for it has been very encouraging. 2: I gave three public readings: on October 2, 2013 at Normandale Community College; on November 23, 2013 at the Book Shelf in Winona; and on January 19, 2014, fellow Artist Initiative Grant 2013 recipient Kirstin Cronn-Mills and I gave a co-reading at Minnesota State University. On December 4, 2013, I gave a radio interview with Kyle Jaeger on KMSU's show Weekly Reader. I achieved Outcome 2 by publicizing my readings through fliers (I've attached an example) and through social media like Facebook and Twitter. Following the each reading, I did a Q and A and asked attendees to fill out a questionnaire measuring their level of engagement.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Diana Joseph
(507) 380-6041
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