Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Jennifer L. Hicks AKA Jennifer Bowen Hicks
Recipient Type
Start Date
September 2015
End Date
August 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

MPWW will provide an in-depth arts experience that deepens a habit of art and fosters a writing community inside seven underserved Minnesota prisons. We'll track the number of inmates who have arts access for the first time, attend readings given by peers, how many peer-mentors that participate, and we'll administer evaluations.  2: Underserved Minnesotans will have greater access to outside artists within prison. Public will also engage in the work of incarcerated writers.  Success is evaluated through discussions, written work, and evaluations that assess workshops' impact on the students and their audience. We'll track postcard responses to students' public readings.

Measurable Outcome(s)

MPWW taught fifteen classes in seven of the state's correctional facilities, the majority of which have little or no arts programming. Beginning and end evaluations were filled out for each class. These evaluations were then compiled per a class and for the entire class set. MPWW teachers attended class readings and teacher/site advisors talked with students in each facility to insure that student needs and the goal of the project were being met. MPWW's Artistic Director and individual teachers maintained an open line of communication with DOC education directors. 2: With this project, MPWW grew its student base and gave those students access to a wider array of artistic voices. Each class started and ended with student evaluations. Evaluation data was merged for each class and for the project as a whole. Teachers discussed the guest lecturers with students and reported their findings to the artistic director. Some of the guest lecturers found the project to be so impactful that they became regular MPWW instructors.

Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview

Arts Learning

Project Details

Accomplished writers and teaching artists will provide creative writing instruction to incarcerated Minnesotans. Authors will present to each class, a public reading of participant's work will be hosted, and participants will compile a journal of their wo

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Jennifer L. Hicks AKA Jennifer Bowen Hicks
(651) 955-9537
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. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Akosua Addo, Dr.: Associate professor of music, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Alison Good: Former commercial artist, educator and administrator; active community volunteer; Robert Gurrola: Attorney; digital media producer and music composer; music educator; Diana Joseph: Author; associate professor of English at Minnesota State University Mankato; Peter Spooner: Former curator, Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth; Yang Yang: Visual artist; program assistant, Saint Paul Public Schools

Conflict of Interest Disclosed