Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
David A. Mura AKA David Mura
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)

New poems will be written. A reading and four events on race in the arts. Success will be measured by the number and quality of the new poems I will write. Success will be measured by the audience numbers, Youtube and webpage viewings for the reading and the four events on race in the arts. 2: A reading of my new work and eight artists and myself will participate in four performances/conversations about race in the arts. Success will be measured by the audience numbers, Youtube and webpage viewings.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Mura wrote forty new poems during this grant period. The four conversations on race spurred conversations on race among audience members. The poems Mura wrote during this grant have received praise from audience members at readings both in Minnesota and in New York and Miami at the VONA Writer's Conference. The live audience was tabulated by a head count, the broadcast audience was estimated through a look at Minnesota Public Radio's statistics concerning its listeners, and video viewings were logged on Youtube. The fact that Minnesota Public Radio wanted to broadcast the conversation on Alexs Pate is indicative of its positive reception. Audience members were extremely positive and many pointed out that more conversations like this are needed 2: I believe that this project allowed me to write important new poems and artists and audiences to think and converse more deeply about the issues of race and the arts. The evaluation came from verbal audience response. It also came from the fact that Minnesota Public Radio wanted to rebroadcast one of the conversations. The reaction of audiences to my new poems was also part of my evaluation of the work, including several audience members saying my elegy about a young Somali American man who was shot outside the Brian Coyle Center brought them to tears.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Mura will write poems for his next book of poetry and will give a reading of his new work. He will hold four performance/conversations with other artists on the issues of race in the arts.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
David A. Mura AKA David Mura
(612) 672-0532
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
Carla-Elaine Johnson: Poet, Faculty member, Augsburg College; Athena Kildegaard: Poet, lecturer, University of Minnesota Morris.; Michael Lee: Writer and poet, spoken word performer, and youth worker; Michelle Matthees: Widely-published poet and educator; Saara Myrene Raappana: Published poet, editor of Cellpoems, a poetry journal; Carlisa Rivamonte: Independent writer and consultant for business and nonprofits; Jeffrey Shotts: Executive editor, Graywolf Press
Conflict of Interest Disclosed