Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Alison G. Malone
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
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)

To document what is most likely the last generation of girls that participate in the secret society known as Jobs Daughters and their cites of ceremony located across Minnesota. I will produce fifteen final location photographs and thirty new portraits of girls from cities across Minnesota. I will be rephotographing five girls to show development over time and photographing a minimum of twenty-five new girls that I could not previously access. 2: Create a book that encapsulates the photographs, along with audio and historic documents, preserving this culture for future generations of Minnesotans. I will produce twenty maquette books that will be sent out to secure a publisher for distribution. Each book will contain images along with audio CD of girls' interviews and a collection of writing and ephemera collected from each bethel I visit.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Alison Malone was able to finish photographing what is possibly the last generation of active Jobs Daughters in Minnesota and the spaces in which they meet and preform their ritual. The photographs themselves that have been created as a result of this project and grant funding are the record and archive of the projects success. By creating these images Alison Malone has added to the first ever archive of the Masonic Youth Order known as Jobs Daughters and fully represented Minnesota in its diversity of this order. 2: The book itself was not printed in its final format but has been created digitally in part and now has room for expanded content to be added in 2016. The observation of the digital files allow anyone to understand the creation and in-process status of the book.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Malone will finish documenting the remaining participants and Bethels in Minnesota that are affiliated with Jobs Daughters. In addition she will create a book that serves as the first published public document in the history of the order. She will provide two day-long workshops that address issues faced by working artists; obstacles that are faced when working on long-term projects and editing large bodies of work.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Alison G. Malone
(612) 386-7743x c
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
David Bowman: Photographer, full member, National Geographic Creative; Donald Clark: Professor of photography, Minnesota State University Moorhead; John Gregor: Photographer and photo educator; Ellen Kingsbury: Photographer; Laura Migliorino: Photographer, professor of art, Anoka Ramsey Community College; Jeffrey Millikan: Photographer, adjunct professor of photography, University of Minnesota; Vivienne Morgan: Photographer, adjunct professor at Bemidji State University; Margaret Ojala: Photographer and Professor of Art, St Olaf College.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600