Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jessica H. Lourey AKA Jess Lourey
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
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 the first draft of GHOST. By successfully securing focused writing time for a five-month period and completing a draft of the novel. 2: Post weekly writing updates on the process to my blog and Facebook, and offer extensive workshops sharing the artistic process of my work in progress. By my posting weekly to my blog and Facebook showcasing the writing process over the 5-month period, and by my leading a minimum of five workshops in support of the work in progress, with at least three of them offered in greater Minnesota.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Jessica Lourey completed a first draft of SALEM, a novel that explores what a Minnesota man leaves behind when he commits suicide. Jessica Lourey provided Facebook and blog screenshots sampling the writing process and has offered to make available the offer memo she received from the publisher. 2: Jessica Lourey posted weekly writing updates on her blog and Facebook and led eight workshops or readings in support of her writing, with seven of them offered in greater Minnesota. Jessica Lourey provided a sampling of screenshots advertising the events and discussing the writing process on her blog, other blogs, and her Facebook page.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Lourey will complete a first draft of Ghost, a novel that explores what a Minnesota man leaves behind when he commits suicide on 9/11. She will lead five workshops, three of which will take place in greater Minnesota.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jessica H. Lourey AKA Jess Lourey
(320) 339-0133
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