Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Sara M. Raappana AKA Saara Myrene Raappana
Recipient Type
In Progress
Start Date
January 2019
End Date
December 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I'll develop skills in fiction by studying texts and writing/revising, on my own and with a mentor, eight stories, and submitting four of them for publication. I'll be successful if I've read all books in my course list; applied them and applicable mentor advice to drafts of at least eight stories; revised at least four to publishable quality; and submitted those four for publication to literary journals. 2: Workshop students will gain skills in fictiortistic community. Reading audiences will experience work that treats rurality and women in complex ways. I'll be successful if I've led a fiction workshop in my local area (surveys before and after to assess learning) and if I organize and read at two literary events with diverse writers from the reading area.

Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Raappana will study a fiction curriculum and work with a mentor to write/revise eight stories that represent rurality and femininity as complex and diverse. She'll host a workshop and reading in southwest Minnesota and a reading in the Twin Cities.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sara M. Raappana AKA Saara Myrene Raappana
(507) 530-2111x c
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.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Secretary/Treasurer, 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. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Philip McKenzie, Oboe and English horn player; adjunct oboe faculty, NDSU; Mary McReynolds-Pellinen: Executive director, Lyric Center for the Arts; coordinator, First Stage Gallery; 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

Judith Budreau: Writer and teacher, Arts Board grantee; Karlyn Coleman: Writer; teaching artist at the Loft; Arts Board grantee; William Durbin: Poet, essayist, writer of novels for young readers; Anika Fajardo: Writer and teacher, book reviewer; Angela Foster: Poet, memoirist; Harmony Neal: Writer; Arts Board grantee; Debra Stone: Writer and educator; board member of Graywolf Press; Sarah Warren: Children's book author and educator

Conflict of Interest Disclosed