Category Archives: Grantwriting

Writing Well

One of the things you get a lot of practice doing when taking on this kind of work is writing – for grant applications, press materials, other supporting documents. There are a few things I have learned along the way, and they may not necessarily be what would get you through a masters writing program, but they seem to work for me: 1. Love the outline. Put down the list of things you want or need to address in your proposal* and then reorganize that…

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A little bit of everything

One thing to think about when you are taking on your own public art project is that you will need to be a little bit of everything: Salesperson – you have to really be able to sell yourself and your project, you will sell to funders, presenters, neighborhood organizations, sponsors and other supporters. Marketer – part of being a good salesperson is being a good marketer. Find clear and compelling ways to talk about your work. Develop an elevator pitch (more on that later). Networker…

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The “F” Word

Yeh. I’m talking about it – funding. Always the elephant in the room no matter what kind of work you are doing. For people working on temporary or ephemeral public art it can be particularly tricky. Money!, originally uploaded by Tracy O. Not everyone can be funded be Creative Time or get a Creative Capital grant (as amazing as those two resources are). The work doesn’t fall under the purview of percent for the art and can be tricky to explain to granting organizations- it’s…

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