Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Eric J. Dregni
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I will engage personally with my audience rather than just having them read my book. I will be able to tell by the number of people who come to the readings/presentations. 2: I view this as an opportunity to develop my business skills, because this goes beyond the writing and editing process and involves organizing presentations through the state. I will be able to evaluate based on how well attended and how well organized the events are since these require an immense amount of planning to pull off successfully.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I was able to expand contacts throughout the state. I had to organize the readings, publicize, and then evaluate the presentation based on audience reaction and attendance. This is a great base then to go back and do further readings in the future. 2: I was able meet many, many people and discuss my work. I would give a reading, slide show, and then open up the floor to questions. At times, I would get questions about the writing process, inspiration, etc. This was a great experience to talk with so many people about my work.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Dregni will read from his books, Vikings in the Attic and In Cod We Trust, at libraries, bookstores, clubs, and lodges around the state.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Eric J. Dregni
(612) 236-5888
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: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. 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
Cezarija Abartis: Author, Faculty member, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud; Lesley Arimah: Writer, novelist, Mankato; Nicole Helget: Writer, Mankato; Elizabeth Johnson-Miller: Poet, essayist, faculry member, College of St. Benedict/Saint John's University; Moe Norton-Westbrook: Writer, performance artist, Minneapolis; Cole Perry: Writer, Bovey; Dominic Saucedo: Writing faculty, Minneapolis Community and Technical College; Patrick Thomas: Editor and program manager, Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis
Conflict of Interest Disclosed