ARTS 389/429/529: Grant and Proposal Writing
Tuesdays 11:00-1:45PM
Lannan Reading Room, Fine Arts Building, The University of New Mexico
Fall 2016
Instructor: Andrea Polli, apolli@unm.edu

The Grant and Proposal writing course focuses on the skills necessary for researching, designing and writing effective grant applications and proposals for a variety of art-based solicitations.  Students will shape their ideas for small and large-scale projects into proposals in various formats following the requirements of real-world calls for entry including microfinancing sites.  Students will be expected to actually submit one or more of their proposals to a granting or producing organization.

 
Objectives:
Students should finish the course with a working knowledge of writing a variety of kinds of grants and proposals for supporting their art projects and careers.

Students will:
  1. Write and present a 'pitch' for a project
  2. Research grant opportunities (RFPs) and find those appropriate to a project
  3. Analyze grant application requirements
  4. Create at least one detailed budget and write a budget narrative
  5. Write an artist's resume or CV according to the College Art Association guidelines (graduate students write both)
  6. Complete a crowdfunding proposal for a project
  7. Write a bio and/or artist's statement according to detailed guidelines
  8. Follow word and character-count requirements for RFPs
  9. Format a portfolio of digital samples and descriptions of work according to specific guidelines
  10. Complete at least one RFP in full
Grading Policy: Student's grades will depend on the TIMELY completion of all assignments, final project, attendance and participation. If a student has any emergencies or difficulties in completing an assignment, THEY SHOULD CONTACT ME AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. My e-mail is apolli@unm.edu- no excuses.
 
Grading:
Attendance (inc. field trips) 10%
Research and assignments 20%
Midterm presentation 10%

Midterm proposal 10%
Participation 10%
Total 60%
 
Final proposal outline 10%
Final proposal draft 10%
Projects in process presentations 10%
Final proposal 10%
Total 40%
 
Attendance: The weekly class time will serve as an official time for students to meet. Class time will be used for presentation, discussion, consultation, problem-solving and project development. Students are expected to be punctual, and to attend all classes unless informed otherwise by the professor. If a student is too ill to come to class, or has an emergency conflict, he or she must notify and speak with the professor. If a student misses a scheduled meeting, it is the student's responsibility to make up any work missed. More than three absences will result in an 'F' (failure). Lectures and discussions will be held at the beginning of class so you must be punctual. Two late arrivals equal one absence! The student will be in regular contact with the professor throughout the process. All due dates are final; no late work will be accepted. Part of your final grade will be determined by class attendance.
 
Make-ups: If a student finds they will not be able to hand in a project on the scheduled day, it is the student's responsibility to notify me prior to that day. Under no circumstances will I accept the work if I have not been notified and arrangements made prior to that day.
 
Participation: Lecture must be interactive. To this end, I encourage an open atmosphere where back-and-forth communication is the norm. Students are free to speak up when they need clarification or wish to make observations. Always let me know if you are having difficulties mastering a technique presented in class and I will help you. Plus, you will be expected to work several hours outside of class time each week. You will not be able to finish your assignments during class!
 
Homework: Since the nature of this class demands that assignments vary between students, students will be responsible for the specific requirements of their project and will be expected to complete necessary content gathering and formatting and design. Unfinished projects will NOT be accepted. ALL work will be expected to be formatted as appropriate including online work.

Title IX Statement: In an effort to meet obligations under Title IX, UNM faculty, Teaching Assistants, and Graduate Assistants are considered “responsible employees” by the Department of Education (see pg 15 - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/qa-201404-title-ix.pdf).   This designation requires that any report of gender discrimination which includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual violence made to a faculty member, TA, or GA must be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at the Office of Equal Opportunity (oeo.unm.edu). For more information on the campus policy regarding sexual misconduct, see: https://policy.unm.edu/university-policies/2000/2740.html
 
Texts:           
Rosenberg The Artist's Guide to Grantwriting
Karsh and Fox The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need
 
Resources (by no means an exhaustive list!  resources are changing every day, please notify me if an online resource is out of date)
Online Resources
GRANTS & JOBS   http://www.nypl.org/branch/features/index2.cfm?PFID=211ART
College Art Association (CAA) http://www.collegeart.org/
CAA Guidelines http://www.collegeart.org/guidelines/
Art Deadlines List  http://www.artdeadlineslist.com
Art & Design – Career & Employment http://art.nmu.edu/department/AD
Career-Jobs.html  Artists Space http://www.artistsspace.org
Chronicle of Higher Education Careers http://chronicle.com/jobs/
ArtJob Online http://www.artjob.org
Arts and Business Council  http://www.artsandbusiness.org
Arts International Home http://www.artsinternational.org
NYSCA http://www.nysca.org/public/artresources_visual_arts.html
Arts Wire Current http://www.artswire.org
Asian American Arts Alliance http://www.aaartsalliance.org
Association of Hispanic Arts http://www.latinoarts.org
Bronx Council on the Arts http://www.bronxarts.org
Brooklyn Arts Council http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org/index.cfm?ts=06032003155116
College Art Association – Career Development http://www.collegeart.org/caa/career/index.html
The Council on Foundations  http://www.cof.org/index.cfm?containerID=76&menuContainerID=0&crumb=2&
Creative Capital http://toolbox.creative-capital.org
Creative Time http://www.creativetime.org
Department of Cultural Affairs  http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/home.html
Fine Art Forum http://www.msstate.edu/Fineart_Online/home.html
Albuquerque Opportunities for Artists http://www.cabq.gov/publicart/opportunities-for-artists
http://www2.lib.udel.edu/subj/foce/internet.htm
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council http://www.lmcc.net
Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation http://www.sharpeartfdn.org
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation http://www.midatlanticarts.org
Museum Employment Resource Center http://www.museum-employment.com/
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies http://www.nasaa-arts.org
National Endowment for the Arts http://www.arts.endow.gov
National Network for Artist Placement http://www.artistplacement.com
New York Artists Equity http://www.anny.org/2/orgs/0033/nyae.htm
New York Foundation for the Arts http://www.nyfa.org
New York Regional Association of Grantmakers http://www.nyrag.org
Public Art Fund http://www.publicartfund.org
Queens Council on the Arts http://www.queenscouncilarts.org
Rhizome.org (site free on Fridays) http://rhizome.org/opportunities/index.php
Visual Nation http://www.visualnation.com/VN1/art_job.html
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts http://www.vlany.org
World Wide Arts Resources http://wwar.com
International Digital Media and Arts Association http://www.idmaa.org
The Center for Arts Education (great links for grants and jobs)  http://www.cae-nyc.org/resources/links.htm
Soros Foundation  http://www.soros.org/
The Foundation Center  http://fdncenter.org/
ITVS http://www.itvs.org/
Leonardo http://mitpress2.mit.edu/e-journals/Leonardo/
AIGA http://www.aiga.org/
Art Emerging http://www.artemerging.com/
New Mexico Humanities Council http://www.nmhc.org

Sundance http://www.sundance.org
Women Arts http://www.womenarts.org
Scripps College Fellowship Guide http://www.scrippscollege.edu/academics/fellowships
Call for Entry http://www.callforentry.org
Pepsi Refresh http://www.refresheverything.com/
Fund Net Services http://www.fundsnetservices.com/
A Massive List of Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About http://nofilmschool.com/2016/08/massive-list-fall-2016-grants-all-filmmakers-should-know-about

Grant-Writing Guidelines / Tutorials
http://www.cpb.org/grants/grantwriting.html
http://www.epa.gov/seahome/grants/src/msieopen.htm
http://www.fdncenter.org/learn/shortcourse/prop1.html
H-Net Job Guide http://www.h-net.org/jobs/
 
Periodicals 
Art Calendar 
Art Newspaper 
Art Papers 
Artsearch 
Art Week 
Aviso 
NYFA Quarterly
Sculpture Magazine
 
Course Outline:  This syllabus is subject to change!! Please feel that you have a say in the tempo and the extent to which material is covered.
 
August 23
Introduction, course outline and schedule
Discuss reading assignments
Pitch workshop  

Assignment: gather audience feedback next class August 30
 
Readings:
The Artists Guide to Grantwriting Preface, Introduction and Cpt 1, pages vii-25
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Introduction, Funders Roundtable and Lesson 1 pages xi-11
 
August 30
Report on audience feedback
Pitch workshop 2

Team interviews
Objectives/goals workshop
 
Assignment: revise objectives/goals and bring in CV/resume
 
Readings:
The Artists Guide to Grantwriting Cpt 2 and 3, pages 27-47
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Lesson 2 pages 12-37
 
September 6
Review Objectives/Goals
CV/resume workshop
Analyzing applications and sample Creative Capital questions
Freewrite proposal workshop responding to Creative Capital

Assignment: Revised CV/resume and C
reative Capital Revision

Readings:
The Artists Guide to Grantwriting Cpt 4 pages 48-63 and Cpt 7, pages 89-106
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Lesson 3 pages 38-56

September 13
Revised CV/resume due, discussion
Revised Creatve Capital due, discussion
Grants research workshop
 
Assignment:
Grants research and portolio presentation with 20 images due next class meeting

Readings:
The Artists Guide to Grantwriting Cpt 5, pages 64-78 and Cpt 6, pages 79-88
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Funders Roundtable pages 74-93

September 20
No formal class meeting
Work on
grants research and portolio presentation with 20 images due next class meeting

Readings:

The Artists Guide to Grantwriting Cpt 8, pages 107-118 and Cpt 9, pages 119-134
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Part II, Lessons 5, 6, 7 and 8 pages 95-159

September 27
Grants research part 1 presentations
Portfolio presentations part 1


Homework: Grants research and portfolio part 2 next week


October 4

Alberto Solis Guest Presentation
Grants research part 2 presentations
Discuss Kickstarter and other microfinancing sites

 
Homework: Start a Kickstarter (or other microfinance site) page for your project proposal including video

October 11
Portfolio presentations part 2
Present and discuss Kickstarter sites 1

Homework:
  Kickstarter revisions, choose final rfp and outline requirements, 300-500 word formal bio draft due next class meeting

October 18
Present and discuss Kickstarter sites 2
Bio workshop –begin writing 300-500 word formal bio draft
Work on Kickstarter revisions, final rfp and outlining requirements 300-500 word bio draft due next class meeting

Readings:
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Part II, Lessons 9 and 10, pages 160-180

October 25
Present proposed final rfp and outline requirements
Bio workshop for revisions
Discuss Final projects, foundation/agency/government proposal with detailed budget

Homework:  Choose final rfp and outline requirements 300-500 word formal bio revision due next class meeting

Readings:
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Part II, Lessons 12 and 13, pages 191-213 Discuss proposal requirements, budgets

November 1
No formal class meeting, revise bio, make final rfp decision

November 8
Bio revisions due
Rfp final decisions/outlines
Project brief/Letter of Intent workshop
Budget and budget narrative workshop
Review and discuss proposal outlines, budgets and budget narratives

 Readings:
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need Part II, Lessons 14 and 15, pages 214-228
 
Homework: Draft proposal outline, draft budget and budget narrative due next class meeting

November 15
No formal class meeting, revise budget/budget narrative and proposal draft

Readings:
The Artists Guide to Grantwriting Cpt 10, pages 135-148
The Only Grantwriting Book You Will Ever Need
Part II, Lesson 16 and Funders Roundtable II, pages 229-271
 
November 22
Discuss/workshop revised budgets/budget narratives
Proposal draft workshop

 
Assignment: Full proposal draft 2 due next week

November 29

Discuss/workshop proposal draft 2
 
Assignment: Full proposal due next week

December 6
Final project presentations/discussion
Hand in final project