Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Sophia E. Kim
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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 a draft of a novel and hold two readings at different locations in order to interact with diverse communities. The outcome will be evaluated by the completion of a draft by the artist as well as the giving of two readings.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Sophia Kim was able to complete the first draft of her novel. The evaluation method for Sophia Kim was a first draft of new material. The evaluation method for the reading was the presentation of new material and the attendance of diverse groups.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Kim will complete the first draft of a novel about a young Korean American woman who returns to Seoul, Korea and discovers a community of young kyopos, ethnically Koreans raised abroad. She will offer two readings in Minneapolis, one at Ancestry Books and one at the University of Minnesota.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sophia E. Kim
(612) 655-4502
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