Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kristin F. Johnson AKA Kristin Johnson
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Johnson will revise her middle-grade novel, The Orphan of Highland Park. She will also present a writing workshop for children near where the events from the novel took place and read from her work at a public event.
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
Nancy Cook: Professor and director of lawyering program, University of Minnesota Law School, fiction and creative nonfiction writer; Ann Fee: Executive director, Arts Center of Saint Peter, teaching artist, writer, editor, and instructor; Kathryn Hopper: Writer, editor, and teaching artist; John Jodzio: Fiction writer, teaching artist; AmokΘ Kubat: Educator, writer and performance artist; Peter Pearson: Writer for children and young adults; Wendy Skinner: Writer of poetry, non-fiction and short stories, contract writer for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare; Therese Stanton: Novelist, English department faculty member, Normandale Community College
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
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)

Working with a mentor/editor who will critique my manuscript will further my artistic development as a writer. As a result of working with a mentor/editor, I will receive feedback which I will apply to prepare the manuscript for submissions to literary agents and publishers. 2: Through the public events I have planned, I will be engaging with my audience and sharing with them my insight about writing and revision. At my Saint Paul event, kids from under-served communities will engage with a writer and be exposed to the craft of writing. At my public reading, I will share work and engage with my primary audience.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The actual outcome achieved was professional editorial feedback, which resulted in Kristin revising the manuscript to publishable quality. The method Kristin used to evaluate project achievement was to see what type of revision was needed and to what extent the manuscript achieved clarity and emotional impact by obtaining a critique letter from the mentor. She then applied the critique suggestions to her manuscript. The manuscript was read again and evaluated for effectiveness of the revision, reducing the number of areas that need to be addressed in the next draft. The writing achieves the desired outcome of being ready to send the manuscript to an editor. 2: Poetry workshop included seven students, grades 1-8, worked with the artist on writing skills. Public reading included approximately fifty Minneapolis kids engaged with the work of the artist. The evaluation of the poetry workshop was that students were able to produce poetry using the rules of each form. As students were leaving, two asked when we could do this again. The outcome was achieved. Later, at the public reading, audience reaction was noted. The main emotion heard during the reading was audience gasps from a few kids when the prickly hairbrush and danger of being spanked with it was mentioned. Also, the fact that more than 50% of the hands were raised to ask questions showed the positive level of engagement with the artist.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kristin F. Johnson AKA Kristin Johnson
(612) 644-5135
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