Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Wendy L. Gonzalez-Baez AKA Wendy Brown-Baez
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Gonzalez-Baez will bring accessible, relevant contemporary poetry and self-reflective writing to underserved nontraditional audiences, through poetry performances and writing workshops, to a variety of community organizations in 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, 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
Delbert Brobst: Director of K-12 and secondary teacher interns, College of St Benedict/St John's University.; Marie Hyland: Poet, Adult and Artist Programs Director, Minnesota Center for Book Arts.; Kathleen Jesme: Poet, training consultant; Donna Salli: Writer and professor, Central Lakes College.; Colleen Sarar: Spoken word artist, poet, creator of Minnesota Microphone, cocreator of Punch Out Poetry.; Richard Terrill: Writer, saxophonist, and instructor at Minnesota State University Mankato.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I taught workshops in 12 nonprofit organizations to 177 participants both novice and advanced writers from ages 14- 76. There were two ways that participants could find workshops: through the sponsoring organization or through public announcements. The sponsoring organizations listed it in their brochures and on their websites, posted notices or informed individual clients. I distributed 250 postcards, emailed friends, created events on Facebook, had an ad on Minnesota Women’s press, received media publicity and posted on community calendars. I attracted 10,000 hits to my website as reported on my statistics page; I had 80 “likes” on a Facebook page specifically for the grant's progress. I used written evaluations from participants as well as emails from program directors. I interviewed a couple of program directors. Some wanted to hire me to come back and requested funds from budget meetings.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Wendy L. Gonzalez-Baez AKA Wendy Brown-Baez
(612) 437-3355
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