Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jennifer Kay. Hildebrandt
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

"Widow (W)rites" is a grief memoir by Hildebrandt, based on two years blogging as caregiver, then widow, after losing her husband to cancer. She will host a public reading, followed by audience discussion.

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
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)

The author will gain valuable experience in working with an editor to complete a full draft of her memoir, Widow (W)rites. At the end of the grant period, with editor receipts/manuscript notes, the author will have a complete, revised and edited draft of her grief memoir, based on blog writings. 2: The author will have the experience of organizing a public reading featuring an excerpt of her work. The author will gain professional networking skills by organizing readings of the work-in-progress, followed by audience discussion with author, which will be promoted and tracked via social media.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The artist gained valuable experience working with an editor to nearly complete a full draft of her memoir, Widow (W)rites. The artist met with her editor numerous times and received receipts and invaluable feedback by her editor to help revise and edit the first draft of her memoir. 2: The artist gained valuable insights into organizing a public event featuring her work. The artist worked with experts who have experience planning/ promoting arts events; press releases, social media; television and radio appearances resulted from these relationships, which helped connect artist with a broader community.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jennifer K. Hildebrandt
(651) 338-6380
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