Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Cristina M. Pippa AKA Cristina Pippa
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)

The artist will connect with vital portions of the book’s audience by holding readings at three Minnesota Veterans Homes and at the University of Minnesota. The outcome will be evaluated as successful when the artist holds four readings at Minnesota Veterans Homes and at the University of Minnesota. 2: The artist will work with an editor and complete revisions on a novel so that is ready to submit for publication. The artist will send a revised draft of the novel to the editor and confirm that it is ready to submit to literary agents and publishers.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I read from the book at three Veterans Homes, at a coffee shop and at the University of Minnesota, engaging with a total audience of 187. I hosted discussions following each reading at the Veterans Homes. I filmed the Army Day event at the Minneapolis Veterans Home and reviewed it to confirm that attendees were enthusiastic about the book. They asked many questions about my interviews with the Women's Army Corps veteran. At each one of the three Veterans Homes, attendees asked me to return with copies of the book once it's published. 2: I sent a revised draft of the novel to the editor, and she confirmed that I had done extensive work on the book and should proceed with querying agents and attending the Loft Pitch Conference, where two New York agents requested my full manuscript. I was able to evaluate how well I worked with an editor to prepare the novel for publication by sending her a revised draft and asking her to assess whether or not I should begin sending it to agents and publishers.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Pippa will work with an editor to revise and complete a draft of her novel, The Translator’s War. She will give readings from the manuscript in Minneapolis and at three Minnesota Veterans Homes.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Cristina M. Pippa AKA Cristina Pippa
(612) 961-3150
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