Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kaethe E. Schwehn
Recipient Type
Start Date
September 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Schwehn will revise her memoir, "Remediation: A Year in the Village," and prepare it for publication. She will offer two weekend writing workshops, in Northfield and Faribault, about the connection between memoir and landscape, and will read from her new
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)

Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities. Minnesota artists are able to develop business skills needed to support their professional art work. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

My artistic goal was to learn about the process of revision. I have certainly learned a lot about that process. The manuscript has moved from a series of discrete images or impressions to ten chapters, arranged chronologically, and communicated in a consistent narrative voice. My evaluation of the achievement in connected to Part B in that over the course of the year I had both agents and editors ask for the full draft of the manuscript and offer encouraging remarks about the quality of the writing, voice, concept and story. Three agents and two editors who ultimately passed on the memoir (after reading the full draft, but declining for reasons of marketability) encouraged me to resubmit to them in the future, especially if I had a novel. This suggests to me that the revision was successful. 2: Over the course of the year I submitted to 31 agents and 4 editors at small presses. 6 agents asked for the full manuscript. The memoir is still under consideration with two of those agents. Editors who asked for the full included Jeff Shotts at Graywolf, Alexis Rizzuto at Beacon, and Daniel Slager at Milkweed. In addition to these submissions I also conducted informational interviews with writers Todd Boss and Tom Fate and with Penguin editor Carolyn Carlson. I also spent a lot of time on the internet researching appropriate agents, presses, and contests. I've learned a tremendous amount about the process of submitting a manuscript. I wrote (and re-wrote) a query letter, synopsis, and chapter summary and I made strong connections with writers, agents, and editors. A chapter of the manuscript, entitled Tailings," was accepted for publication and appeared in "Witness Magazine" this spring."

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Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kaethe E. Schwehn
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