Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Ryan J. Berg AKA Ryan Berg
Recipient Type
In Progress
Start Date
January 2017
End Date
December 2017
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

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I will embark on a Minnesota book tour engaging communities on the subject of Minnesota homeless youth. I will book events across Minnesota. The number of events and the attendance at each event will be tracked. I will also document the level of community participation. 2: I will teach writing workshops to marginalized youth across the state of Minnesota. At each reading location I will offer writing workshops for marginalized youth as a way to help them become the custodians for their own narratives. Attendance and participation will be tracked.

Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Berg will travel to ten cities in Minnesota to promote his book, No House to Call My Home, a personal account of his time working with LGBTQ homeless youth in New York City. He will also teach writing workshops for youth.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ryan J. Berg AKA Ryan Berg
(718) 785-7390
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Member of the Smithsonian National Board. Former chair of the board, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Officer at Large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary?s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Ceramic artist. former executive director of the Minnesota Project.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Anika Fajardo: Writer and teacher, book reviewer; Sherrie Fernandez-Williams: Writer, director of Bridges Scholars program, Hamline University; Rachael Hanel: Memoirist, essayist, professor of mass media; Rebecca Kanner: Published writer; teacher at Loft Literary Center; Walter Olsen: Writer; professor at Concordia College Moorhead; Lake Region Arts Council grantee; Kathryn Savage: Program manager, The Loft Literary Center; Lisa Steinmann: Freelance writer, editor, and artist; board member of Saint Paul Almanac

Conflict of Interest Disclosed