Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Jennifer C. Dunning AKA Jenny Dunning
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Goodhue
Wabasha
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
$10,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$11,500
Direct expenses
$21,500
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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

Measurable Outcome(s)

I completed a scene-by-scene overhaul of my novel that resulted in doubling the length from 149 to 299 pages. Literary agent Lorin Rees (Boston) reviewed a 30-page excerpt enthusiastically and will consider the entire manuscript when submitted. 2: I taught 2 classes at The Crossings in Zumbrota. I also became involved in the local literary scene in Wabasha, where I lived during the project year—participated in a writers' group, mentored local writers, and judged the Poetry Out Loud contest at the high school, and shared with Wabasha residents my experience of writing the novel, including the Minnesota State Arts Board grant that made it possible.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Dunning will revise her novel, "Yak Farming," to ready the manuscript for submission to agents and publishers. She will also teach a writing workshop at the Crossings Art Center in Zumbrota, based on her experience of using research in writing fiction.
Project Manager
First Name
Jennifer
Last Name
Dunning
Organization Name
Jennifer C. Dunning AKA Jenny Dunning
State
MN
Phone
(413) 345-1656
Email
dunningj123@gmail.com
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
Megan Atwood: Writing instructor, Hamline University. Literary agent, writer, and editor.; Catherine Dybiec Holm: Writer, editor, yoga instructor.; Christine Kolaya: Writer and professor, University of Minnesota Morris.; Ethan Rutherford: Writer; Patrick Thomas: Editor and program manager, Milkweed Editions; Eric Vrooman: Writer and professor, Gustavus Adolphus College; Kao Yang: Writer and educator.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Yes