Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Grant and Proposal Writing for Artists, Silver Eye Center for Photography

If you mention you saw this on the Pittsburgh Art Blog they will only charge the members fee regardless of your membership status...

Grant and Proposal Writing for Artists
Fund Your Creative Projects
Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

As an individual artist, you are often able to directly apply for grants from government arts agencies, private foundations and a variety of nonprofit organizations. This class is for anyone interested in improving his or her chances of receiving funding and takes you through every stage of successful grant writing.

The workshop is taught by three local experts: Mary Navarro, Fundraising Consultant and Adjunct Faculty Member at Carnegie Mellon University; Renee Piechocki, Artist and Director of Pittsburgh's Office of Public Art; and Ellen Fleurov, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography.

They will focus on planning, researching, and crafting letters of inquiry to potential funders; writing narratives; and budgeting, packaging and submitting your proposal. The class also covers why and how grants are made to individuals; how to tailor your proposal to a specific source; and funding opportunities for photographers and visual artists.

Fee: $55 for Silver Eye members; $70 for non-members
Limited to 30 students
Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Meet the Teachers

Mary Navarro has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working as a grantmaker for The Heinz Endowments as well as a fundraiser, project manager, teacher and consultant. Mary develops strategy, manages projects, and provides training and technical assistance for a range of clients, including the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, The Heinz Endowments, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Point Park University and the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Liveable Communities. She is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University, where she focuses on funding for the arts.

Renee Piechocki is an artist as well as the Director of Pittsburgh's Office of Public Art, a partnership of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the Department of City Planning. As a member of the collaborative Two Girls Working (along with Tiffany Ludwig), she created the public art installation Trappings: Stories of Women, Power, and Clothing, which has been touring worldwide. The project was published by Rutgers University Press in 2007. It is currently on view at the Portland International Airport gallery.

Ellen Fleurov is the Executive Director of the Silver Eye Center for Photography. A successful grant writer for museums and other arts venues, she has also served as a grant panelist and site reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, Institute of Museum and Library Services, United States Information Agency, Southern Arts Federation, Georgia Council on the Arts, South Carolina Arts Commission, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Flintridge Foundation, Pasadena, CA.

Click here to register and to view more Bigger Picture workshops being offered.

Become a member of Silver Eye today and enjoy discounts on course fees, plus other exclusive benefits.

Full and partial tuition assistance is available to eligible students. Click here to download the scholarship eligibility requirements and form. The Bigger Picture is made possible in part through a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund and the support of The Fine Foundation and Epson America, Inc.

Questions? Contact Aaron Blum, Silver Eye's Education Coordinator at 412.431.1810, ext. 11 or by e-mail at education@silvereye.org. Aaron is available for consultation on which courses to select and to answer any other questions you may have.

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