Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Margaret M. Majewski AKA Maggie Majewski
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Majewski will work with a published mentor to produce the final draft of a short story to be read at a public reading for youth and families in south Minneapolis.
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, 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
William Durbin: Writer; Sherrie Fernandez-Williams: Writer, director of Bridges Scholars program, Hamline University.; May Moua Lee-Yang: Writer, performance artist; Juliet Patterson: Writer, poetry editor for Konundrum Engine Literary Review, instructor for Hamline and St Catherine Universities.; Cole Perry: Writer; Michael Seward: Writer, Instructor of English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.; Jennifer Thompson: Inernational book publisher, Perseus Books
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

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities. Minnesota artists are able to develop business skills needed to support their professional art work. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I achieved my goal to work with a mentor to produce a final draft of a short story. In addition to participation in the mentorship, I organized a public reading for youth and families in South Minneapolis. To evaluate this achievement, my mentor and I met five separate times. During each session I took careful notes of his consultation and saved all copies of read drafts with attached comments. I used all the drafts to mark my growth as a writer. I feel great pride for my final draft and was excited and confident to read excerpts from the draft for my public reading event. To evaluate the success of the public reading, I noted how many people attended (23). At the event, my mentor, Matt Burgess, introduced me. He commented on some of my struggles and successes. Following the reading we held a brief Q and A which enabled the audience to ask questions about the process and give feedback on the writing. The Q and A was the best measurement of audience response to the work. 2: The experience of balancing my budget was a first step for me. With the money I budgeted for mentorship, I explored resources for writers, including the Loft Literary Center, I networked and interacted with other artists, including The Equilibrium poets, and I was able to learn from my mentor what steps to take in terms of incorporating myself. My mentor provided me with the foundation on which business savvy is built. In our second session Matt said to me You are a writer now. OWN IT!" From there I was able to start taking myself seriously. I kept a journal of all my grant related activities. I kept good books, noted every penny I used, and this process gave me ideas about how much things cost and how much I need to get myself going as a business. When tax time came, I got to see what self-employment in the Fine Arts meant financially. Overall, this grant brought me closer to producing income from my art."

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Margaret M. Majewski AKA Maggie Majewski
(612) 423-9317
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