Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Molly Quinn
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Quinn will write a collection of short stories set in a locked psychiatric facility in Minneapolis, and will give a reading of the new work at Open Book in Minneapolis.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., 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. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
William Durbin: Writer; Sherrie Fernandez-Williams: Writer, director of Bridges Scholars program, Hamline University.; May Moua Lee-Yang: Writer, performance artist; Juliet Patterson: Writer, poetry editor for Konundrum Engine Literary Review, instructor for Hamline and St Catherine Universities.; Cole Perry: Writer; Michael Seward: Writer, Instructor of English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.; Jennifer Thompson: Inernational book publisher, Perseus Books
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I coordinated a group reading with three other grantees: Rebecca Kanner, Kathleen Glasgow and Alizia Conroy. I asked the Loft Literary Center to donate the performance hall, which they agreed to. We held a reading with nearly 200 attendees. I spoke to several audience members after the event directly engaging with many people about my project. This year, I completed writing a collection of ten short stories that are set in a psychiatric facility in Minneapolis. The bulk of my work has been generating new material, which is a solitary process. I evaluated my progress by tracking my daily word count. I committed to 500 words per day, and accomplished this. Throughout the revision process, my raw material was slowly whittled down to ten short stories, or 150 pages, which I'm now ready to submit for publication. I've made this evaluation through my own assessment, and also with the help of two writing groups I take part in here in Minneapolis. I'm fortunate to have had the input of the following local writers: Dale Gregory Anderson, Andrew Andestic, Eric Braun, Michelle Freeland, Eric Vrooman, and Robert Voedisch. All of these Minnesotans have engaged with my work throughout the year and provided me with critical feedback on how to make improvements. It is their belief, and mine, that these stories will now reach a wider audience as I begin to submit them for publication. My reading gave me evidence that this is likely. Many audience members approached me after the event, wanting to discuss the story that I read, and mental illness in general. I spoke to several nurses, as well as someone with a family member struggling with mental illness. I was surprised by how easy it was to connect with community members. Their enthusiasm confirmed my intuition that this subject matter is timely and necessary.

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Project Manager
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Last Name
Organization Name
Molly Quinn
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