Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Stephen K. Shaskan
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
February 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Blue Earth
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I’ll upgrade my Wacom tablet and Photoshop, and purchase a Samsung laptop, and learn how to use the new technology. With my newly upgraded technology I will be able to create my art more efficiently and finish a graphic novel: Q and Ray: Super Sleuths. 2: I will purchase a laptop and digital projector, travel in Minnesota and give presentations at schools, libraries, and children’s books events. I will travel in Minnesota and give presentations at schools, libraries, and children’s book events and keep count of the numbers of people I reach.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Q AND RAY is on submission and several other projects are finished or on their way. 2: Over the grant year, I reach 2,981 children and 712 adults throughout Minnesota.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Shaskan will create the artwork for a graphic novel along with other work. He will travel to events across Minnesota to give presentations about creating art for children’s books.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Stephen K. Shaskan
(612) 782-0283
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. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthopist.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; David Glenn, Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; 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.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Richard Abraham: Professional Oil Painter and Art Instructor; Leann Johnson: Graphic designer, illustrator and ceramic tile artist; Mia Lopez: Curatorial Fellow for Visual Arts, Walker Art Center; Contemporary art; Marisa Martinez de Silva: Artist and Teacher of Marisa Martinez/ Meztiza Designs (mixed media art and jewelry); Anders Nilsen: Award-winning author and artist of graphic novels; Janet Olney: Executive director, Willmar Area Arts Council; career fiber artist and instructor; Terra Rathai: Artist and photographer; historian of 19th and 20th century western art and popular culture; Andrew Wykes: Associate professor of painting at Hamline University, St Paul
Conflict of Interest Disclosed