Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Janna B. Krawczyk
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

I will develop my craft through the process of revising my novel Phoenix until it is polished and publication-ready. During this process, I will obtain a manuscript and query letter critique from a local author. 2: I will teach a writing workshop to kids on the north side of Minneapolis who want to write their stories but do not know how or where to begin. I will give a pre- and post- questionnaire asking participants about their experience with and attitude toward writing. I wish to empower kids through the practice of writing their stories.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I completed a full revision of my draft as well as connected with a local industry professional. My drafts on my computer are evidence of the revision process of my novel, and well as my continued relationship with Ms. Atwood. 2: I taught seven two-hour writing workshops to fifteen mothers and one middle-school boy (one of the mother's sons who attended). Because of the intimate nature of these writing sessions and the vulnerability of these mothers in transition, as well as the transient nature of homelessness while caring for their young children, I did not think a pre- and post-questionnaire was appropriate or useful in this setting to gather my data. Instead, I kept a journal of my observations.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Krawczyk will work with mentor Megan Atwood to revise her young adult novel Phoenix. She will also host a writing workshop for youth in north Minneapolis.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Janna B. Krawczyk
(612) 306-1899
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
Eric Braun: Freelance writer and editor; Nicholas Healy: Managing editor, Capstone; creative writing adjunct faculty member, Minnesota State University, Mankato; author; Nicole Helget: Memoir and fiction writer, Mankato; Sanaphay Rattanavong: An independent fiction and nonfiction writer; Kurtis Scaletta: Children's book author; teacher, Arts Board grantee; Lisa Steinmann: Freelance writer, editor, and artist; board member of Saint Paul Almanac
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600