Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Rachel A. Moritz
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Moritz will complete a full-length poetry manuscript that considers the conjunction of two primary events: the birth of a child and the death of a parent. She will conduct a public reading and workshop that engages participants in writing about grief.
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
Kristina Bigalk: Poet, Director of Creative Writing, Normandale Community College; Mark Conway: Executive director, Literary Arts Institute, College of Saint Benedict; writer and poet; Crystal Gibbins: Writer, Editor, PhD Candidate, Bauedette; Carla-Elaine Johnson: Poet, Faculty member, Augsburg College; Linda LeGarde Grover: Poet, fiction and nonfiction writer; Associate professor, American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota, Duluth; LouAnn Muhm: Poet, teacher, Park Rapids; Carlisa Rivamonte: Executive Director, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley; Jeffrey Shotts: Senior Editor, Graywolf Press, Minneapolis; Jon Spayde: Writer, Performer, poet, and editor, St. Paul
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
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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)

To complete a final draft of my second full-length poetry manuscript and develop my poetic voice through a focus on the narrative arc. I will evaluate success based on the successful completion of the manuscript and the execution of an aesthetic shift in my work as a poet. 2: Reach a wider audience of approximately 75 individuals through a public reading of my work as well as through an open poetry workshop. I will evaluate success based on audience attendance at the public reading and at the writing workshop.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I was able to complete, per my grant application intent, a final draft of my poetry manuscript, which is now ready for submission to poetry presses and contests. 2: I gave two public readings as part of the grant project. The first occurred in April 2013 at Form + Content Gallery in Minneapolis (attending: 35 individuals); the second reading occurred in January 2014 at Banfille-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley, MN (attending 20); I also offered a free writing workshop, which was co-taught with another poet, at the Loft Literary Center in Feburary 2014: The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing. Fifteen people attended this 2.5 hour workshop.

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Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Rachel A. Moritz
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