Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Heidi E. Erdrich AKA Heid E. Erdrich
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Erdrich will develop a manuscript of lyric essays titled It Has Been My Privilege, on looking, but not being, white. She will present the new work at tribal colleges and cultural centers in four Minnesota communities.
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; 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; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Elizabeth Abbott: Writer; two-time Artist Initiative grantee; Scott Carpenter: Fiction writer; teacher at Carleton and with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop; Amy Fladeboe: Writer and instructor; Artist Initiative grantee; Sophia Kim: Writer and actor; Walter Olsen: Writer; professor at Concordia College Moorhead; Lake Region Arts Council grantee; Cristina Pippa: Playwright, screenwriter, and novelist; Danielle Sosin: Author, fiction, Duluth
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Research, develop, draft, and revise non-fiction lyric prose essays (30,000-50,000 words), and submit a publication query to a Minnesota literary press. Outcome will be achieved by word count of revised manuscript and by electronic or mail receipt showing the manuscript sample and query has been sent to a publisher in Minnesota. 2: Present new work and engage new community audiences at four venues in the Twin Cities metro and greater Minnesota. Outcomes will be measured through audience attendance and completed evaluation forms that ask audience if they have attended my readings before and if my work engaged them on a personal or cultural level.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I have drafted and revised a manuscript of Creative Non-fiction prose in the form of lyric essays, and I have queried a Minnesota publisher. In estimating a standard manuscript word count as a goal, I did not take into consideration that lyric prose is compact with fewer words. I found the word count goal irrelevant to the project achieving its purpose. Several times my revisions eliminated thousands of words that were initially created for it, but no longer fit the whole work as it developed. I took screenshots, but there's nowhere to upload here. 2: I was able to engage over 800 audience members. In settings in which the venue was shared with me, it was difficult for me to determine official audience numbers. At each event, I counted seats and made a note if the venue was at capacity when we began. At each event, the capacity was exceeded, however I used the initial number of seats. I was able to use an evaluation form a smaller event in Park Rapids.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Heidi E. Erdrich AKA Heid E. Erdrich
(651) 335-3014
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