Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Sheila M. O'Connor
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The artist will complete a publication-ready novel that will increase her present audience, and develop her skills and reputation as a multi-genre literary writer. The project’s success will be evaluated by manuscript completion and submission to at least twenty potential agents/editors/literary presses, as well as publicized, public presentation of the work.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Sheila O'Connor completed a mixed-genre hybrid novel currently titled V. It is the story of a young female incarcerated in the 1930's. The evaluation method used is 1. Complete manuscript, 2. Agents queried, 3. Presses interested.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
O’Connor will complete a multigenre novel Reconstructing V. Public events will include a reading and workshop.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sheila M. O'Connor
(952) 925-4265
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; 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; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Elizabeth Abbott: Writer; two-time Artist Initiative grantee; Scott Carpenter: Fiction writer; teacher at Carleton and with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop; Amy Fladeboe: Writer and instructor; Artist Initiative grantee; Sophia Kim: Writer and actor; Walter Olsen: Writer; professor at Concordia College Moorhead; Lake Region Arts Council grantee; Cristina Pippa: Playwright, screenwriter, and novelist; Danielle Sosin: Author, fiction, Duluth
Conflict of Interest Disclosed