Arts Learning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Bemidji State University AKA Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference
Recipient Type
Public College/University
In Progress
Start Date
September 2018
End Date
August 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Education

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

An underserved regional community will have access to high quality literary arts and be able to study with talented writers in an intimate setting. We measure our participants' experience and growth through in-depth evaluation forms, event surveys, demographic information, and interviews, and we solicit feedback from all participants, staff, faculty and the public. 2: We make the conference available to more Minnesotans by keeping it affordable and by awarding need/merit-based scholarships to emerging writers. We gauge our ability to fill workshops and track attitudes toward fees with surveys and interviews. We measure our success in leveraging partnerships and track attendee's artistic growth through emails, social media, and stamped action postcards.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Overview

Arts Learning

Project Details

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference will bring award winning writers of national stature to present craft talks and public readings and teach weeklong intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction beside Lake Bemidji.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Bemidji State University AKA Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference
Street Address
1500 Birchmont Dr NE Ste 23
Zip Code
(218) 308-1180
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

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.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Secretary/Treasurer, 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; Mary McReynolds-Pellinen: Executive director, Lyric Center for the Arts; coordinator, First Stage Gallery; 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

Bradley Althoff: Managing producer and senior project manager, Classical MPR; Roberta Gray: Director of Saint Francis Music Center, Little Falls; Jane Gudmundson: Former education director, Plains Art Museum in Fargo; Kao Ly Ilean Her: Chief executive officer, Hmong Elders Center; former executive director, State of Minnesota Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans; Paul LaJeunesse: Assistant professor of art, College of St Scholastica; Andrew Nordin: Painter; Arts Board grantee; Molly Sheeley Melton: Educator, school for Environmenta Studies in Apple Valley

Conflict of Interest Disclosed