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ArtsLAB is a traveling professional development symposium, presented by MCA each year, in different parts of the state. ArtsLAB is a place where artists, arts professionals, advocates and more, come together to discuss current issues and concerns facing the arts sector. This year, this event will return to being hosted in person! There is a virtual access option for those unable to travel long distances or for those who prefer that format.
Why Should I Attend ArtsLAB?
MCA utilizes ArtsLAB as an inclusive space for open dialogue around topics that influence and enhance the Maryland arts sector. There are elements for arts administrators, artists, board members, volunteers, funders, and advocates.
Topic: Grant Writing 101: Developing your Creative Project
Workshop Leads: Zane Forshee, DMA; Christina Manceor, MM; Robin McGinness, MM; CJay Philip; Khandeya Sheppard
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Location: Motor House Black Box Theatre, 120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore Md, 21201
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm; Networking Happy Hour to follow!
Workshop Overview: These two hands-on workshops, “Identifying Your Mission & Project Vision” and “Actualizing Your Creative Vision,” will utilize LAUNCHPad’s new online OPEN RESOURCE on grant writing, The Path to Funding. Please take a moment to read through this resource. It is FREE to download. Below, you will find more information about the two sessions presented during ArtsLAB.
1:00 pm- Welcome & Opening
- Motor House Staff
- LAUNCHPad Group
1:20 pm- Part 1: Identifying Your Mission & Project Vision
2:20 pm- break
2:40 pm- Part 2: Actualizing Your Creative Project
4:00 pm- Networking Happy Hour
Part 1: Identifying Your Mission & Project Vision
Part 1: Identifying Your Mission & Project Vision (60 minutes)
Led by: Zane Forshee, Robin McGinness, and Khandeya Sheppard
This session guides participants through the process of forming a project idea that aligns with their personal and artistic mission/values. It is designed for participants who want to identify or hone a creative project idea and potentially apply for a grant.
Activities will include:
- a systematic process to aid in defining and articulating your artistic mission
- a mind mapping exercise to ideate and expand on project ideas
- strategies to consider when identifying your target audience for a project
Lastly, the session will provide starting resources to find grant funding and move forward with a project proposal.
Part 2: Actualizing Your Creative Project
Part 2: Actualizing Your Creative Project (60 minutes)
Led by: Christina Manceor and CJay Philip
This session guides participants through the process of creating a written description for a potential creative project, as well as overviewing best practices for building a budget and timeline. It is designed for participants who have a project idea in mind, and want to learn how to articulate their ideas successfully into a grant proposal.
The primary activity of this session will involve a deep dive into creating a written project description with a focus on how to structure this aspect of the proposal. The session will additionally cover an overview of best practices for building a project budget and timeline for a grant proposal. Lastly, this session will offer next steps for participants interested to continue to develop their project proposal.