Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Steven E. Brezenoff AKA Steve Brezenoff
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2017
End Date
December 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Brezenoff will complete and revise the first two titles of a series of middle grade novels. He will host a reading at Addendum Books in Saint Paul that will feature his work and that of other middle grade writers.

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

Cezarija Abartis: Author; faculty member, St. Cloud State University; Nicole Helget: Memoir and fiction writer, Mankato; Vanessa Ramos: Writer, artist, educator; Arts Board grantee; Heather Slomski: Author and Arts Board grantee; writing teacher, Concordia College; Rachel Smoka-Richardson: Young adult and children's author; Arts Board grantee; Erin Soderberg Downing: Author of children's and young adult books; Arts Board grantee

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

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

Artist will complete the first two titles in a middle-grade speculative-fiction series. Both will be appropriate for submission to publishers. The project's success will be based on completion and revision of both manuscripts, and their submission to editors for publication via agent. 2: Artist will connect with local retailers for public readings of the middle-grade novels as works-in-progress. The project's success will be based on scheduling and fulfilling a public reading of portions of the complete or near-complete works.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The artist completed 2nd draft of one title, as well as outline and notes for 2nd and 3rd titles in the series. Though the artist completed a 2nd draft of the first title, it was not ready for submission via agent. 2: The artist organized and took part in a reading and discussion at Addendum in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The artist read from the draft of the first title in the series. Two other grant recipients also read at the event.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Steven E. Brezenoff AKA Steve Brezenoff
(651) 528-0891
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