Individual Artist Fellowship Grant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Crystal S. Gibbins
Recipient Type
Start Date
July 2015
End Date
May 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Lake of the Woods
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

First, I believe the act of reading is an act of relation in and of itself. One reads, one takes in the world from another’s perspective. Second, writing is both a social and political act. One writes, one provides another view of the world. And, lastly, this symbiotic relationship puts people in contact and dialogue with one another—in close proximity to and concerning each other’s perspective and selfhood. I plan to accomplish this goal by completing three tasks: 1) Take time off from work to solely write and revise poetry; 2) Complete a full-length manuscript of poetry for publication; 3) Share my work with a public audience by giving a reading. To evaluate my plan and measure my outcomes, I will review records of my project budget and newspaper/individual reviews of my poetry and reading. I plan to record the number of people and demographics of those who attend the public reading. Also, I will organize a writing workshop, comprised of established poets and writers, to gain immediate verbal and written feedback about my manuscript: content, delivery, and impact. This workshop session will last approximately 1-2 hours in length. Lastly, I will record the number of pages/poems written and the publishing acceptance rate accrued during the grant period.

Measurable Outcome(s)

1) I took time off from work to write and revise poetry (3-5 poems per week). 2) I completed a full-length poetry manuscript for publication with Holy Cow! Press (due to be released in 2017). 3) I shared my written work with my peers and a public audience by organizing and hosting a literary reading event.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Individual Artist Fellowship Grant
Project Details
Literature: Into Lake of the Woods: A Journey of the Northwest Angle and Islands
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Crystal S. Gibbins
(701) 330-2223
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Erling Ellison: jewelry designer and creator, speech coach and judge, director of Garrison Art Fair; Ken Bloom: Director of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Janeen Carey: vocalist, retired Hibbing Community College librarian and information media specialist; Kate Fitzgerald: Program Director North Shore Music Association, writer; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; David Beard: Assistant Professor University of Minnesota-Duluth writing studies; Mark King: actor, theater reviewer, musician; Adam Guggemos: graphic designer, art events promoter; Michelle Ronning: jewelry designer and maker; John Gregor: photographer, art educator, community art advocate; Ann Russ: music performer, community song leader, choir director, workshop leader, past director and founder of North Shore Music Association; Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of The Art Institute Duluth; Moira Villiard: visual artist and student of arts and communication at University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Dana Mattice: Development and Communications Director of the Duluth Art Institute; Peter Pestalozzi: furniture maker, wood worker; Linda Grover: Professor of American Indian Studies, published author; Kathy McTavish: Cellist, video artist; Karen Sunderman: filmmaker, producer of WDSE Public Television; Crystal Pelkey: Theater actor, director, manager.
Conflict of Interest Contact
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Robert DeArmond (218) 722-0952