Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ethan H. Rutherford
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
September 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Rutherford will promote his first collection of stories, The Peripatetic Coffin, and free up time to complete his second book. He will conduct readings throughout the Twin Cities, encouraging the craft of fiction.
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
Daniel Campbell: Author, artist; Web Editor, Hamline University, St. Paul; Pallavi Dixit: Author; Jennifer Dunning: Author, Facaulty at St. Olaf College, Northfield; Douglas Mack: Author, Minneapolis; Joseph Manion: Division Manager, Washington County Library, Woodbury; Danielle Sosin: Author, fiction, Duluth; Debra Stone: Educator, artist and community organizer, Minneapolis; Jacqueline White: Writer, editor, teacher, 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)

Promotion of my book will raise my profile as a Minnesota writer, and devoting time to writing my next book contributes to my career development. Promotion: A working website that allows interaction with readers via social media, and I've mailed my promotional material and am interacting with booksellers: success. Writing: if I am further along than I would've been without the grant: success. 2: A reading either at the Loft, Micawbers, or Bryant Lake Bowl, before which I will host discussion on craft open to anyone in the writing community. If the reading took place, and it was preceded by a craft discussion attended by ten or more people, then it would be considered a success.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I built and managed a website for my work, which has allowed me to promote my work to a larger audience and become fluent in social media. 2: My book, The Peripatetic Coffin, was a local best-seller (Magers and Quinn) and is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. I have been an active participant in the literary community for years, and gave three major readings / presentations of my work during the grant period. Over 200 Minnesotans attended, many more have read my work.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ethan H. Rutherford
(917) 670-4472
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