Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Brian J. Malloy
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
St. Louis
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)

Completion of a draft collection of short stories inspired by Minnesota history. Minimum collection of five historical fiction short stories researched and drafted by December 31, 2015. 2: Submission of individual stories for publication and award competitions. Individual stories submitted for journal publication in 2016. Polished stories submitted for publication as collection in 2017. Measures are publication and competition success.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Five initial story drafts have been written for the collection, ranging in time from 1862 to 2015. The evaluation method was whether Brian was successful in creating five draft stories for a collection that is now tentatively entitled UNDER THE NORTH STAR. 2: Five draft stories have been written. Brian has created a spreadsheet to track submissions during 2016.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Malloy will research and draft a collection of short fiction inspired by major events in Minnesota history, including the U.S.-Dakota War, the grasshopper plagues of 1873-77, and the Washburn A Mill explosion. He will give a presentation about the mill explosion and read from his work in progress at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Brian J. Malloy
(612) 331-2724
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
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600