Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Joyce A. Sutphen
Recipient Type
In Progress
Start Date
January 2020
End Date
December 2020
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Sutphen will give three readings/conversations in Little Falls, Chaska, and Red Wing on the loss of small farms in rural Minnesota, reading her poems and then engaging the audience to tell their own related stories.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

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.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 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: Mayor of Red Wing, elected 2016. Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Philip McKenzie, Oboe and English horn player; adjunct oboe faculty, NDSU. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Mary McReynolds-Pellinen: Executive director, Lyric Center for the Arts; coordinator, First Stage Gallery. Officer at-large, 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.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Elizabeth Johnson: Poet, essayist, faculty member, College of St. Benedict/Saint John's University; Michael Kleber Diggs: Poet and essayist; Arts Board grantee; Susan Love: Poet; teacher; Preeti Rajpal: Poet and nonfiction writer; Richard Robbins: Professor of English and director of the creative writing program, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Linnea Schluessler: Former director, Academic Success Center, Northland Community and Technical College; Chaun Webster: Poet and teaching artist

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2019 First Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Prepare and give readings in Little Falls, Chaska, and Redwing designed to prompt conversation afterwards about the loss of small farms in Minnesota. Feedback from audience discussion will be recorded and evaluated. I will know that I have connected when the audience starts telling their own stories. I will also develop and evaluate my public discussion leading skills. 2: Finish last volume of trilogy about loss of small farms, incorporating poems that reflect a wider community perspective gained from each reading. I will evaluate by submitting manuscript to publisher who has expressed interest in third volume of poems. I will assess feedback and revise where needed.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Joyce A. Sutphen
(952) 994-5118
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