Art Business Night School: Applying for Grants, Residencies, and Other Opportunities / Seattle
Wednesdays, April 24, - May 29, 2019
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Mt. Baker Lofts (2915 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144)
$150 / $120 for Artist Trust members
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Art Business Night School is a suite of six, topic-based workshops to be completed as a series.
In this practical, straightforward workshop, Program Director Brian McGuigan covers what you need to apply for Artist Trust’s GAP Award as well as other grants, residencies, and calls. In-class exercises and in-depth discussions will help you better understand application guidelines and processes, prepare written materials, and find the right opportunities for your work. At the end of class, you’ll have an artist statement, project proposal, resume, biography, and other parts of a successful application, and be ready to pursue support for your work. If you haven’t had any luck applying for opportunities or don’t even know where to begin, this workshop is for you.
*Ideal for artists of all disciplines applying for Artist Trust’s GAP Awards or other grants, residencies, and opportunities and for artists who would like to improve their artist statements and artist resumes, application skills, or portfolio components
  • Essential elements of an application
  • How to apply for grants, residencies, & other opportunities
  • Writing an artist statement, project description, impact statement, and biography
  • Budgets
  • Asking for letters of recommendation and references
  • Grant application strategies
  • Coping with rejection
  • Understanding what makes a successful application
  • Individualized feedback on your application materials from the instructor and class participants
  • A finished artist statement, resume, biography, impact statement, budget, and project description
  • Examples of successful grant applications
  • Resume and budget templates
  • A draft of a GAP Award application or an application to a grant, residency, or other opportunity of your choice
Brian McGuigan is the Program Director at Artist Trust overseeing the funding and artist support programs for artists of all disciplines across Washington State. Before coming to Artist Trust, Brian worked at Hugo House for a decade where he co-founded and curated the popular reading series, Cheap Wine & Poetry and Cheap Beer & Prose. He’s also moonlighted as the director of Lit Crawl Seattle, an ambassador at On the Boards, and an event organizer for a slew of arts organizations in Seattle. For his work in the arts, The Stranger shortlisted Brian for their Genius Award in Literature in 2010, and in 2011, City Arts named him one of Seattle’s Power 50 Culture Makers. When he’s not working for artists, Brian’s a writer himself. His essays have appeared in Gawker, Salon, The Stranger, The Rumpus, and elsewhere, and he has received support from 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. He’s currently at work on a memoir.
Artist Trust reserves the right to cancel any program. If cancelled, a full refund will be applied. A full refund can also be received if requested 7 days before the event. Please contact the Program Coordinator if you have any questions regarding specific content of the workshop.
Partial need-based, Filipinx, and Latinx scholarships available by request.
Email Program Coordinator Zach Frimmel for questions about member codes, scholarship inquiries, accessibility, or workshop details.