Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Erica Jane. Berry
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Le Sueur
Blue Earth
Le Sueur
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Berry will revise her essay collection, a personal and cultural exploration of fear through the lens of the wolf, and prepare a book proposal for agents. She will also organize a reading in a Minneapolis bookstore.

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

Ashley Benites: Novelist, writing instructor, Arts Board grantee; Victoria Blanco: Writer and teaching artist; Arts Board grantee; Karlyn Coleman: Writer; teaching artist at the Loft; Arts Board grantee; Shannon Gibney: Author and activist; teaches in English department at MCTC; Margaret Newman: Writer and teacher; Arts Board grantee; Matthew Ryan: Writer, English professor at Concordia St. Paul; Arts Board grantee; Michele Valenti: Writer, winner of Loft Mentor Series in fiction

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
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 intend to finish revising my essay collection and to draft a book proposal so I am ready to approach agents at the end of the grant period. The project will be successful if, by the end of the grant period, I have a polished book draft and a proposal ready to send to agents. 2: I intend to host a reading in a Minneapolis bookstore featuring a diverse group of writers reading about fear. This outcome will be successful if I am able to organize a well-attended reading with a selection of writers addressing fear in different ways.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I wrote two new introductory essays for my collection, drafted a book proposal, and am currently in talks with agents. The project was successful because I have a proposal and stronger, new example essays to show to agents. 2: I hosted a reading in a Minneapolis coffee shop featuring a diverse group of writers reading about fear. This outcome was successful because the event was standing-room only and featured a diverse group of writers addressing their vulnerabilities and reading one another's work.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Erica J. Berry
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