Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Jennifer Dobbs AKA Jennifer Kwon Dobbs
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Rice
St. Louis
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Rice
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,500
Direct expenses
$11,500
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To write and revise thirty pages of poetry and to develop a coherent and expansive writing style by working with a consultant to finalize my second book-length poetry manuscript. I will complete at least thirty pages of poetry, meet with my consultant three times to receive both oral and written feedback on my work, and submit the final manuscript to my publisher and to at least fifteen poetry book contests.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs met twice with a writing consultant to review earlier manuscript drafts. She received oral and written feedback and followed up over email and phone to discuss revision. Progress was assessed by tracking the number of actual pages and poems against the proposed outcome outlined in the grant application along with noting professional successes that exceeded the grant's original benchmarks. Artistic growth was observed by the level of deep revision to the manuscript as manifested by several working drafts marked up with author notes and consultant feedback. 2: Of twenty-one new poems, eleven appeared or are forthcoming in national literary journals. Three will appear in an anthology by Tupelo Press. One poem won The Freshwater Review's Rose Warner Prize, and another was a runner-up for Indiana Review's 1/2K Prize. Progress was assessed by tracking the number of actual pages and poems against the proposed outcome outlined in the grant application along with noting professional successes that exceeded the grant's original benchmarks.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Kwon Dobbs will prepare a second book of poetry titled Three-Legged Bird for publication, revise the manuscript with a consultant, and perform readings in four Minnesota cities. Her work focuses on the Korean diaspora.
Project Manager
First Name
Jennifer
Last Name
Dobbs
Organization Name
Jennifer Dobbs AKA Jennifer Kwon Dobbs
State
MN
Phone
(213) 842-4271
Email
jkwondobbs@gmail.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
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. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Carla-Elaine Johnson: Poet, Faculty member, Augsburg College; Athena Kildegaard: Poet, lecturer, University of Minnesota Morris.; Michael Lee: Writer and poet, spoken word performer, and youth worker; Michelle Matthees: Widely-published poet and educator; Saara Myrene Raappana: Published poet, editor of Cellpoems, a poetry journal; Carlisa Rivamonte: Independent writer and consultant for business and nonprofits; Jeffrey Shotts: Executive editor, Graywolf Press
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No