Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Eric D. Vrooman
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Vrooman will finish his collection of nontraditional-form fiction, WORK PRODUCT. He will give four public readings in the Twin Cities and elsewhere.
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
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)

I will produce a book-length collection, and Paper Darts (as a publisher and/or Web site designer) will help me to promote myself and incorporate graphic images into my fiction. The number and nature of stories written, number of stories accepted for publication, endorsements from other fiction writers, new promotion strategies, and evidence of increased web presence. 2: I will give at least four readings or workshops in Minnesota during the grant period. Minnesotans will also be able to engage with my work via a new web site. The following criteria will help me evaluate outcome 2: number of readings and workshops, number of people attending the readings and workshops, web site hits, and Facebook friend requests generated from the readings and workshops.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I was able to finish a book-length collection of short fiction, I had one story, WataPark, published, and three others are on submission. I exceeded my expectations for the amount of work (both editing and generating new stories) that I would be able to get done during the grant period. I collaborated with nine other Minnesota fiction writers in readings I arranged at Magers and Quinn in Minneapolis and The Contented Cow in Northfield. We not only got a chance to listen and respond to each other's work, but also to give each other feedback. I received very positive feedback from both the other fiction writers (especially for a story called Craigslist Posts) and audience members. Since many of my stories use humor, it's extremely helpful to learn if and when people will laugh. I discussed promotion strategies and book publishing with Paper Darts editors/founders (Jamie Millard and Meghan Murphy), and I hired a graphic designer, Heather Musil, to create a website. I organized two readings (Magers and Quinn and The Contented Cow) and ran two workshops in Minnesota (one at Metro State for Ed Bok Lee's Advanced Writing Short Fiction and Journal Publication course and another at Center for Hmong Arts and Talent in St. Paul); in addition, my story WataPark was selected to be read at the Summer Story Contest event on The Union Rooftop in Minneapolis. Over two hundred people attended the readings and workshops. I increased my Facebook presence not only by promoting these events, but by enlisting nine other Minnesota fiction writers to do so as well (since they, too, were reading at these events): John Jodzio, Sarah Askari, Dennis Cass, Maggie Ryan Sandford, Matt Mauch, Matt Ryan, William Alexander, and Mary Logue. My website is being designed by Heather Musil at Little Bird Designs (a Minnesota company). Once the website is up and running, I will be able to engage even more Minnesotans.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Eric D. Vrooman
(612) 735-1307
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