Grant Application Assignment Due Nov 26

Assignment 3) Grant Proposals Assignment - 30% of course grade

Due Mon Nov 19  EXTENDED to Mon Nov 26

Use Winnipeg Arts Council or Manitoba Arts Council (or maybe even Canada Council) on line application forms and requirements/directions as your grant proposal assignment. Apply for a grant for individual emerging artists or a C level (emerging artist) Creation/Production Grant or Project Grants.

Winnipeg Arts Council:

Sample of Manitoba Arts Council Links:

Sample of Canada Council Links:

If you wish to apply for a grant outside of the above options contact instructor immediately.

The Overall Application and Assignment:
The overall application must present a proposal and body of work to the jurors in terms of ideas in which they have not encountered or at the very least is innovative in terms of themes and use of materials.  Once again like in the exhibition proposal a high quality of work with clear and sophisticated text and ideas will be pertinent, but presenting an innovative combination of images (and/or video) and ideas with in the text of the application will most likely get the jury’s attention.

The focus of the grant application assignment will be to consider the ideas in your work in relation to themes, visual languages and materials. This work should focus more on ideas in terms of contemporary art practice and materials and less so on market driven projects. Generally a granting body’s mandate and jurors are looking to fund projects offering: new knowledge in terms of ideas in relation to contemporary practice and use of materials and methods.

A grant proposal should always be proposing to do a body of new work, which is not presented in the images. Granting agencies will not retroactively fund work that has been completed before any given grant application deadline or during the deliberation of the grant application.

Criteria for Evaluating Assignment:
Unique and Innovative characteristics of the overall application with emphasis placed on the articulation of ideas in the artist statement and project proposal.  

Clear relationship between ideas in the text (artist statement and proposal) and support materials (images/video/time based work)

Clarity and over all professionalism of application

Did you: follow the 1 to 9 requirements, utilize ideas offered in the assignment and utilize ideas offered during class discussions for the overall application?
Grant Proposal Assignment Requirements (Items 1 to 8 below):

1) Artist Statement  (half page to one page)
The Artist statement discusses what the work is about in terms of materials and themes (metaphors, and or narratives, etc.) The text should strive to be a synthesis between ideas and formal approaches. How do your ideas connect with your process and the visual language within the work? What are the themes, which connect to the images presented in the proposal? Also like in the exhibition proposal in many cases people will have to focus on a specific body of work for this assignment in terms of past work when selecting images for the grant application. The focus of the new body of work for the grant application should primarily be discussed in the project proposal, but some brief (one or two sentences) philosophies or theories of the work the new work may be discussed in the artist statement for the grant application.

2) Project Proposal (half page to one page)
Discusses specifically the context that will be created for your work.  Like the exhibition proposal, are there potential narratives and or dialogues with the new proposed body of work when installed, displayed or hung in a certain order or in certain ways within the proposed grant application?

As stated earlier a grant proposal should always be proposing to do a body of new work which is not presented in the images. Granting agencies will not retroactively fund work that has been completed before the grant application deadline.  It is important to be very clear about the relationship of the work presented in the images to the proposed new work that is still to be completed. Overall articulate the ideas in the proposed series of work and discuss those ideas in relation to the visual language of the work in the proposed project and the work presented in the images. Perhaps one or more images may show a work in progress or preliminary sketches. 
For some proposals perhaps presenting a floor plan in the proposal indicating the placement of specific works may be useful either along with the text or as one of the images.

Like the exhibition proposal assignment the project for the grant application assignment will either be for a gallery space (confirmed or unconfirmed) and or is the project proposal is a site specific installation away from the white cube context of the gallery? If it is outside the gallery context consider some options: Is the project proposal more of an intervention work, or is there some sort of social or political relation to the project? In part the project proposal can also be about the potential research for the proposed project. Here again it is important to discuss the relationship of this research in relation to the proposal and the images.

3) Budget and Equipment Requests
Any special costs attributed to the exhibition or special equipment requirements such as monitors or data projectors. (Any specify requirements regarding the opening)

4) Cover Letter
Very brief cover letter (no more than a quarter of a page)
State the name of the grant (for example: MAC “C” grant) in one short sentence describe your project and list all materials submitted for application.

5) Curriculum Vitae (CV)
List items on the CV which are only art related such as: Education - BFA  School of Art, art workshops, employed by or volunteering for arts organizations, exhibitions, published writings or work (such as in Chesterfield), art school awards and grants, student council activities which connect with arts related events, any other art practice activities.

6) Image List
List of Images for submitted jpeg stills and or video and other time based work. Each image should have a number and your name when naming each image file.
The images should correspond to a Numbered list indicating: title, medium, size, and 
dates of each image provided.
7) Images
10 to 20 examples of work and or time-based work  (allocate a maximum five minutes for video)  (if you are struggling to meet the 10 image quota submit one or two detail examples of your work and an installation view of your work) Each image should have a number and your name when naming each image file.

8) Additional Items
Any additional items the grant application requests not listed in this assignment. This includes forms, but do not put your personal information on forms such as address, phone number, date of birth, or any other private information.

9) Submit 1 -8 as a digital application in a digital folder labeled WITH first and last name on folder along with Exhibition Proposal either on a USB stick or CD (preferably a USB stick) 

To avoid any problems with the digital information, as an option people may include the additional submission of a hard copy of the assignment along with the digital versions of the assignment on the USB stick or CD. Either way people must submit a digital version. If files on a USB stick or CD can not be opened and there is no hard copy submitted it will be docked a day late. As discussed in class at the beginning of term check/test your USB stick and CD to ensure files can be opened in the MAC Lab at the School of Art.

Also please have your name on the CD or USB stick. All digital pages should have your first and last name on each page along with the title of the 1 -6 Items) for each page. Making all the pages with text into one PDF document would be preferable, but still indicate name at the top of each page.

10) Optional Items:
Reviews of your work in newspapers or magazines, tv or radio interviews (digital versions only)

Differences Between Assignment and Actual Grant Applications:

Option 1) 
Submit both parts A & B for Artist Statement AND both parts A & B for the Project Proposal.

Breakdown for Option 1: 
Artist Statement Part A: pertains to requirements of artist statement in the actual grant proposal.
Artist Statement Part B: pertains to requirements of artist statement discussed and required by instructor in assignment.
Project Proposal Part A: pertains to requirements of project proposal in the actual grant proposal.
Project Proposal Part B: pertains to requirements of project proposal discussed and required by instructor in assignment.

Option 2) (sent to entire class on Wednesday Nov 14  -  point form version regarding addressing artist statement requirements and project proposal requirements discussed and required by instructor)
Combine the requests of what instructor discussed and requires with what the actual grant application is asking for in the Artist Statement.
Combine the requests of what instructor discussed and requires with what what the actual grant application is asking for in the Project Proposal.

Option 3) (new option)
Submit parts A & B for Artist Statement and combine the requests of what instructor is asking for the Project Proposal and what the actual grant application is asking for in the Project Proposal.

Option 4) (new option)
Submit requests of what instructor is asking for in the Artist Statement and what the grant application is asking for in the Artist Statement AND submit both parts A & B for the Project Proposal.

Evaluations - Grading Criteria (additional information from Course Syllabus) 

Grade of A or A+ (GPA of 4.0 to 4.5) Excellent to Exceptional: A thorough and thoughtful treatment of the assignment presented consistently in an original, logical and convincing manner. The “A” assignment has clearly articulated formal (visual literacy) and conceptual ideas (philosophical/thematic content), which are innovative, complex, and thoroughly researched. Generally the ”A” assignment demonstrates an excellent level of research, versatility, criticality and a breadth of formal and conceptual skill sets. All of the assignment’s objectives in terms of quality and quantity are achieved in an excellent or exceptional manner. In addition to demonstrating the assignment objectives often an ”A” work offers supplementary strengths as an excellent example of a contemporary art practioner and/or takes the work beyond the assignment’s objectives.

Grade of B or B+ (GPA of 3.0 to 3.9) Good to Very Good: This is a good or very good assignment in most ways, but it is generally less thoughtful than an “A” work. Often “B” assignments are those that mostly repeat what the instructor and the readings have taught, and do so in a way that makes it apparent that the student understands the concepts and objectives, but does not add much to them. The B assignment may be less sophisticated than an “A” assignment, but the “B” is still reasonably competent and conveys ideas and concepts to the viewer. At times the B assignment may offer some innovation but simultaneously may be missing some of the assignment’s objectives. Generally in the B assignment, the assignment objectives are achieved in a less sophisticated and innovative manner than the A assignment which often has a combination of complex yet clear formal (visual literate) ideas and thorough conceptual ideas (philosophical/thematic content).

Grade of C or C+ (GPA of 2.0 to 2.9) Adequate to Satisfactory): An assignment that shows an understanding of most concepts and objectives involved in the assignment, but does not treat it thoroughly or does not synthesize the assignment into an entirely clear manner. In the C assignment the communication of ideas (s) are visually and or conceptually vague and may appear to be contradictory, or visually noisy or conceptually confused. Strong effort by a student may be given for a C assignment, but the work struggles to convey the assignment objectives in terms of demonstrating visual literacy and/or thorough conceptual ideas in the work.

Grade of D (GPA of 1.0 to 1.9) Marginal: Seriously flawed. The assignment neither demonstrates an understanding of the material nor articulates any coherent ideas or concepts. The assignment might wander among several ideas with out developing any single one. There is no focus in this kind of work. Often a D assignment will be presented as incomplete or unfinished. In a “D” assignment a student might rely on others’ work rather than developing her/his ideas. The instructor might wonder if the student tried at all.

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