Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Lorissa Christine. Gottschalk O'Brien AKA Lorissa Gottschalk
Recipient Type
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
June 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Gottschalk will complete her first memoir and conduct a writing workshop for people wanting to explore shame, grief, and addiction in their writing. She will also host a night of readings and remembrances.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Member of the Smithsonian National Board. Former chair of the board, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Officer at -Large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Mayor of Red Wing, elected 2016. Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies.; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Ashley Benites: Novelist, writing instructor, Arts Board grantee; Victoria Blanco: Writer and teaching artist; Arts Board grantee; Karlyn Coleman: Writer; teaching artist at the Loft; Arts Board grantee; Shannon Gibney: Author and activist; teaches in English department at MCTC; Margaret Newman: Writer and teacher; Arts Board grantee; Matthew Ryan: Writer, English professor at Concordia St. Paul; Arts Board grantee; Michele Valenti: Writer, winner of Loft Mentor Series in fiction

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I will complete my first memoir and submit final manuscript and cover letter for review to mentors, Laura Flynn and Deborah Keenan. At the end of the grant period, I will have achieved this outcome if I completed my memoir, submitted it and a cover letter to my mentors for review,and met with them to discuss their feedback. 2: I will teach an interdisciplinary writing workshop and host a reading. I will ask participants of the workshop to complete a brief evaluation and track attendance at the reading.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Lorissa nears completion of her first memoir and has submitted most recent manuscript to Laura Flynn and Deborah Keenan. Lorissa nears the completion of her memoir and continues to work with Keenan, who has agreed to review a final manuscript and help identify the best essays to send to agents and publishers this fall. 2: Lorissa taught an interdisciplinary writing workshop and hosted a reading. Lorissa performed a head count at each event and had participants complete qualitative evaluations. Artists developed and used skills for engaging with community.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved proposed outcomes
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Gottschalk O'Brien
Organization Name
Lorissa C. Gottschalk O'Brien AKA Lorissa Gottschalk
(612) 385-2752
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