Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Morgan G. Willow
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2017
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Willow will complete her fourth poetry collection, develop a marketing plan, and give readings throughout the state to expand her audience and share her work with the Minnesota public.

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

Richard Broderick: Poetry and fiction writer; writing instructor at the Loft and Anoka-Ramsey Community College; Yahya Frederickson: Poet, professor of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead; Wendy Gonzalez-Baez: Writer, teacher, performance poet and installation artist; Athena Kildegaard: Poet; lecturer, University of Minnesota Morris.; Michelle Matthees: Widely-published poet and educator; Saara Myrene Raappana: Published poet; editor of Cellpoems, a poetry journal; Carolyn Williams-Noren: Poet

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)

The poet will prepare a new collection of poems and have it ready for submission to publishers by the end of the grant period. Counting completed poems will be quantitative measure of success of the collection. Feedback from master poet, peers and audiences will be qualitative measure of readiness of collection for submission. 2: Poet will expand the audience for her poetry by developing marketing skills and giving readings throughout the state with other Minnesota poets. Number of readings, new venue count and approximate audience tallies will provide quantitative measure of outcome success. Feedback, response and network-building will measure qualitative impact.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Morgan Grayce Willow prepared a new collection of poems entitled Oddly Enough and made it ready for submission to publishers. Page count for the completed manuscript provides initial quantitative evaluation, i.e. 86 pages. Advance in artist development, as indicated by peer and audience feedback, however, far exceeds that numerical indicator. 2: Poet expanded the audience for her poetry by giving ten readings, three of these outstate to entirely new audiences. The artist gave ten poetry readings at venues throughout the state. Three of these were entirely new venues. The readings reached approximately 220 people with poetry from the new manuscript.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Morgan G. Willow
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