Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Carolyn L. Holbrook
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Holbrook will work with a writing consultant to complete her collection of linked personal essays and prepare the manuscript to send out to prospective publishers. She will also hold two literary events in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
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
Lesley Arimah: Writer and novelist; Anne Erickson: Freelance writer, college instructor in composition; Keith Hollihan: Novelist, freelance writer, ghostwriter and communications consultant; Cole Perry: Northern Minnesota novelist; Kathryn Savage: Education outreach manager, The Loft Literary Center; Lisa Steinmann: Collaborative development manager for partners Saint Paul Almanac, Juxtaposition Arts and Givens Foundation for African American Literature; Olivia Traczyk: Marketing coordinator, Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, writer, editor, and manuscript reviewer
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600
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
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I will complete my essay collection, prepare it for possible publication, and give two readings from the completed manuscript. I will have accomplished this outcome if 1) I have completed my essay collection by the end of the grant year, and 2) If audiences of at least twenty-five attend each of my two readings.

Measurable Outcome(s)

600 Loft audiences and unknown number of Minnesota Public Radio listeners and the StarTribune readers benefitted from my work. Loft Program Manager, Sherrie Fernandez-Williams said The Loft Performance Hall was filled to capacity for More than a Single Story. The turn out, the energy of attendees, and the remarks communicated at the event, conveyed a deep need for this work in Minnesota. We would like to work with Holbrook to continue what was started. 2: My manuscript is almost done and I’m excited by the University of Minnesota Press’s interest. The evaluation method I used for my writing was to determine whether I finished the manuscript by the end of the grant period. With my consultant’s help I was able to see how far I needed to go at the beginning of the project, and how much work is currently left to do.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Carolyn L. Holbrook
(612) 275-2554
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