Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Sarah L. Stonich
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
January 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
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)

Connect with readers via events, i.e., Books and Bars (average attendees: 40), Brownbag Lunch (average attendees: 75), and Literary Death Match (average attendees: 200). Event coordinators, librarians and booksellers are happy to share attendance numbers and feedback. Radio audiences can be determined by listeners of programs like Write On Radio, Art Hounds or Minnesota Public Radio's Daily Circuit. 2: Develop social media promotion strategies and networking skills to connect with readers and book professionals in media, libraries, and retail. Results from connections made at events like Editors Roundtable or Pub Tweet-up. Online responses via reviews, Facebook likes, print reviews, blog posts, sales, invitations to reading series, book groups, regional events and festivals.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I met with readers across several counties in Minnesota to talk about my writing and interact with those who live in areas that are represented in my work - it was good for both me and attendees - safe to say they were open and welcoming, even sometimes charmed, and, I was intrigued by them. Their reactions meant a lot to me, as they the character or the north' are what drives my work. 2: This aspect of connecting achieved all I'd hoped to and more, I had many media connections, was on radio and appeared

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Stonich will promote her new novel, Vacationland, at literary events, regional libraries, and independent booksellers across Minnesota. She will also continue to research a second manuscript American River.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sarah L. Stonich
(612) 240-1878
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
Daniel Campbell: Author, artist; Web Editor, Hamline University, St. Paul; Pallavi Dixit: Author; Jennifer Dunning: Author, Facaulty at St. Olaf College, Northfield; Douglas Mack: Author, Minneapolis; Joseph Manion: Division Manager, Washington County Library, Woodbury; Danielle Sosin: Author, fiction, Duluth; Debra Stone: Educator, artist and community organizer, Minneapolis; Jacqueline White: Writer, editor, teacher, Minneapolis
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600