Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Habakkuk N. Stockstill
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
January 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
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)

This project will help me further develop my skills in documentary photography and help me fulfill my long-term career goal in photojournalism. I plan to go through my personal portfolio periodically as part of an honest self-evaluation. I am going to write a bi-weekly personal development plan noting my strengths, weaknesses and short term goals while building my resume and networking. 2: This project can serve as the voice for Minnesotans that go unheard because they lack the platform. I will pass my business card to inform people what website event photos will be displayed. The website will be interactive and allow people to voice their opinions. I will record the number of visitors every week and adjust the website accordingly.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project has significantly helped me further develop my skills in photography. I covered more than 20 events in the past year and took an average of 50 photos per event which gave me significant amount of experience in shooting subjects that are in motion, working with different lighting conditions, editing and storytelling. As I covered more events and improved my skills, I went back to my portfolio and re-edited and reformatted my photos every 6-8 weeks. I also kept a monthly journal outlining my strengths, weaknesses and short term goals and plans on how I can improve and learn from the events I covered thus far. In an attempt to improve some of my weaknesses, I was able to take some photography classes offered at the University of Minnesota. 2: This project documented less recognized rallies with an attempt to serve as the voice for Minnesotans that go unheard because they lack the platform to do so. When I first started covering events, I was very proactive in passing my business card to let people know where the photos would be available. However, as I continued to cover more events, more people were able to recognize me and approach me with their opinions and feedbacks. Half way through my project, I started incorporating social media which really helped boost my website visit per month from an average of 50 views a month to around 200 visits per month. Social media created a platform form for people to talk about and comment on each of the events. The photos from this project had mentions on Zenteotl Project, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (The Center of Workers United in Struggle), and Minnesota 2020.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Stockstill will photograph rallies and demonstrations that occur within the state. He will partner with the Saint Paul Midway YMCA as a guest speaker and mentor for youth interested in photography.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Habakkuk N. Stockstill
(507) 319-3176
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
Michal Daniel: Professional Photographer, live entertainment, theater, Minneapolis; Anna Eveslage: Photographer, Minneapolis; Ellen Kingsbury: Photographer; Michael Nordin: Photographer, Duluth; Suzanne Szucs: Artist, writer, photographer, and educator, Rochester; Robert Wilde: Photographer, sculptor, Dassel; Former faculty member, College of St. Benedict, St. John's University,Collegeville; Bonnie Wilson: Consulting curator, librarian and archivist; Minnesota Historical Society, Oakdale
Conflict of Interest Disclosed