Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Michael Alberti AKA Mike Alberti
Recipient Type
In Progress
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I will take a major step in my career by completing my historical novel, El Dorado, my first book and most ambitious artistic project to date. This project outcome will be successful if I complete a final draft of the book, grow meaningfully as an artist and researcher, and deepen my knowledge and appreciation for Minnesota history. 2: I will engage communities that generally have fewer opportunities for literary participation by holding readings in Minnesota towns where my novel is set. This outcome will be successful if I organize well-attended readings, reach audiences with little access to literary events, and create opportunities for communities to engage with local history.

Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Alberti will conduct research at several sites and complete his first book, "El Dorado," a historical novel set in rural Minnesota. The project will culminate with readings in the Twin Cities and three rural communities.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Michael Alberti AKA Mike Alberti
(505) 730-3582
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. Chair, 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. Officer at -Large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Mayor of Red Wing, elected 2016. Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies.; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Iyabo Angela Ajayi: Freelance writer, former editor at Africa World Press/The Red Sea Press; Jonathan Damery: Essayist, Arts Board grantee; Catherine Friend: Author, MN Book Award winner; Christine Kolaya: Writer and professor, University of Minnesota Morris.; Juliet Patterson: Writer, published poet; instructor at St Olaf College; Danielle Sosin: Author, fiction, Duluth; Jordan Thomas: Published writer; Arts Board grantee

Conflict of Interest Disclosed