Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,315
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Travis J. Lusk
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Anoka
Blue Earth
Chisago
Cook
Dakota
Hennepin
Isanti
Pipestone
Ramsey
Winona
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
$2,315
Other Funds Leveraged
$20
Direct expenses
$2,335
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Poetry will be written for uniquely designed books. Completed books (containing contact information) will be left in public places. Through completion of book making workshops, creation of books in a variety of styles, correspondence with people who've found the books and sharing project experience during poetry readings.

Measurable Outcome(s)

During the grant period, the artist created 500 hand-made, simple-folded books. These books of original poetry were then distributed freely and left in public places. The artist used several means to gauge whether the project achieved its proposed outcome: 1) books disappearing from the locations they were placed; 2) responses from participants (19 through email, twenty-five postcards and around 2 dozen verbal encounters). 2: During the grant period, the artist created 500 hand-made, simple-folded books. These books of original poetry were then distributed freely and left in public places. The artist used several means to gauge whether the project achieved its proposed outcome: 1) books disappearing from the locations they were placed; 2) responses from participants (nineteen through email, twenty-five postcards and around two dozen verbal encounters).

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Lusk will take classes at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and create five separate handmade books, in editions of 100 each. Completed books will be placed in public places and experiences related to the books will be shared during poetry readings.
Project Manager
First Name
Travis
Last Name
Lusk
Organization Name
Travis J. Lusk
State
MN
Phone
(952) 239-4959
Email
tlusk@Q.com
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. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Carla-Elaine Johnson: Poet, Faculty member, Augsburg College; Athena Kildegaard: Poet, lecturer, University of Minnesota Morris.; Michael Lee: Writer and poet, spoken word performer, and youth worker; Michelle Matthees: Widely-published poet and educator; Saara Myrene Raappana: Published poet, editor of Cellpoems, a poetry journal; Carlisa Rivamonte: Independent writer and consultant for business and nonprofits; Jeffrey Shotts: Executive editor, Graywolf Press
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No