Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Trisha S. Shaskan AKA Trisha Speed Shaskan
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Shaskan will complete her middle-grade novel, "Sass," about a young girl's struggle to find her place in a home, neighborhood, and community. She will visit two public elementary schools and two afterschool programs to make a presentation about writing
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, 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
William Durbin: Writer; Sherrie Fernandez-Williams: Writer, director of Bridges Scholars program, Hamline University.; May Moua Lee-Yang: Writer, performance artist; Juliet Patterson: Writer, poetry editor for Konundrum Engine Literary Review, instructor for Hamline and St Catherine Universities.; Cole Perry: Writer; Michael Seward: Writer, Instructor of English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.; Jennifer Thompson: Inernational book publisher, Perseus Books
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities. Minnesota artists are able to develop business skills needed to support their professional art work. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

1) I attended writing workshops to hone my craft, wrote for myself versus for wrote-for-hire, and I finished SASS, the middle-grade novel I'd been working on for three years. I completed 2 other stories to submit to editors because I had the time to write my own stories. 2) After finishing SASS and submitting it, I was offered representation by 2 agents. My agent Sara Crowe (at Harvey Klinger, Inc., New York) has sent SASS out to various editors. While SASS hasn't sold yet, I've received some positive feedback and not enough consistent criticism to edit the draft. Sara Crowe has also sent out an early chapter book and picture book manuscript that I completed this year. Both of these projects have received positive responses from editors--3 of which want to see more of my stories. All 3 stories are currently with editors. 2: 1. I expanded my online presence by creating an author web site, an author page on Facebook, and partaking in a group blog that writes about children's books (Worddisco). I spoke at a Children's Literature Network breakfast where I networked with teachers and librarians. I was a visiting author for twelve elementary schools in Minnesota, which allowed me to improve my presentations. 2. I have 240 fans for my author page on Facebook. Teachers have contacted me through my web site and through Children's Literature Network. Here's a quote from a school I visited: Trisha Speed Shaskan is an author full of fun and enthusiasm. The children feed off of her passion for books and reading. She gears her demonstrations to meet the appropriate age of the audience. Trisha will ask questions of the audience and get them to interact with her as she talks about her various books of both fiction and nonfiction. The students loved her."

Description of Funds
Project Manager
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Last Name
Organization Name
Trisha S. Shaskan AKA Trisha Speed Shaskan
(612) 782-0283
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