Adding Another 'Tool' to my 'Toolbelt'

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In order to give back to a profession and community, which has supported me for the past ten years, I plan to pursue Arts Admin as career number two. Injuries bring to light the reality that I cannot dance forever.

Grantwriting is a skill I am interested in developing. In January, I will begin my LEAP senior project, which will involve learning the ‘ins and outs’ of grantwriting.

A few days ago, in order to kick off my knowledge of finding arts funding, I attended a free course at the Foundation Center‘s Atlanta location. The course was Proposal Writing Basics. I was in a demographic of my own: by far the youngest in the room, the only one interested in arts funding vs. funding for a charitable organization, and the only one not looking for funding for my own organization. I find all of this rather bizarre. Atlanta has a huge arts scene. Where were all the artists? Are they not aware of the resources available to them in the city?

The course was informative; doling out lots of information, which was easily digestible. In a mere hour and a half, I learned what a proposal for funding looks like: its components, organization, etc . . . Additionally, I learned how to make the organization look the most desirable to a funder.

The resources are there, and present in cities across the country, including Atlanta, New York, Cleveland, DC, and San Francisco. They offer a variety of free and fee-based classes, as well as a multitude of funding resources.

Also check out GrantSpace!

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