Workshop Series

2014 Professional Development Workshops:
Fundraising Fundamentals

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Fundraising Fundamentals in June – July 2014

Online registration opens Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 12pm

LMCC’s core fundraising series is designed to help artists develop knowledge and skills in raising the resources to support their practice. The series features five free workshops and a follow-up session of one-on-one grantwriting consultations for participants who attend three or more workshops. Covered topics include: the funding ecosystem, grantwriting, budgeting, work sample dos and don'ts, and cultivating individual donors.

The series is free, but space is limited and registration is required for each workshop on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about each workshop may be found below. Dates, times, locations to be confirmed in April. Registration opens Tuesday, May 20 at 12pm

Participants who attend three or more workshops in the series will be invited to participate in a one-on-one grantwriting consultation.


The Funding Ecosystem: What You Should Know Before You Start Fundraising

Led by Kay Takeda, Director, Grants & Services, LMCC
June 4 from 6:30–8pm
El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Avenue, Upper Manhattan)
This workshop reviews basic information that artists need as they begin to research and apply for grants. The session will provide an overview of arts funding sources, frequently used terms in fundraising, what happens once your application is submitted, and processes to follow and understand from the initial inquiry through receipt of a grant. The goal of this session is to prepare artists to better navigate the range of funding resources available in the field.

Grantwriting Basics for Artists

Led by Maria Michails, Artist
June 11 from 6:30–8pm
El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Avenue, Upper Manhattan)
Artists face significant challenges in fundraising for projects or opportunities to support their artistic development. One of these challenges is writing clear and effective grant proposals. This session will cover the common components of most grant proposals, providing tips, exercises, and examples to help make future proposals more effective. Artist Maria Michails will draw on her years of experience in fundraising, sharing examples of an artist bio and statement, project description, budget, and her approach to organizing and maintaining this integral part of her practice.

Maria Michails is a New Media artist with over 16 years of successful grantwriting experience. She has received grants and fellowships from the Canada Arts Council, Quebec Arts Council, Arizona State University, New York State Artists Workspace Consortium, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, Sculpture Space, and was the 2012-2013 Stephen L. Barstow Artist-in-Residence at Central Michigan University. Her work has been exhibited in the US, Canada, France, and Greece. She speaks on international panels about art and ecology, lectures, leads workshops, and teaches at the college level. She earned an M.F.A. from Arizona State University and a B.F.A. from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Budgeting 101

Led by Haowen Wang, Program Manager, Grants, LMCC
June 18 from 6:30–8pm
El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Avenue, Upper Manhattan)
A budget is a planning and communication tool. Yet for many artists, the process of building a budget is unfamiliar, and can seem complicated or confusing. In this workshop, participants will learn how to construct a line item budget that represents anticipated expenses and income for a sample artistic project. The session will also include a review of basic budgeting terms and concepts, and address the importance of balancing and reconciling actual costs to your budget.

Work Samples Dos and Don’ts

Led by Kay Takeda, Director, Grants & Services, LMCC and Prachi Patankar, Program Manager, Capacity Building & Community Initiatives, LMCC
June 25 from 6:30–8pm
El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Avenue, Upper Manhattan)
In order to access funding, residencies, and other professional opportunities, artists are often required to submit work samples for consideration. Who reviews work samples? How are they reviewed? How important is formatting? Context? Our interactive workshop will cover these issues and provide a series of examples from a range of artistic disciplines that will ask participants to consider what makes a work sample compelling and why.

Building and Cultivating Relationships with Individual Donors

Led by Dara Silverman, Fundraising Consultant
July 2 from 6:30–8pm
El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Avenue, Upper Manhattan)
Good fundraising is all about cultivating relationships to build deep connections. In the current economic climate where government and foundation support are growing increasingly competitive, fundraising from individuals is more important than ever. At the same time artists and organizations are interested in ways to more fully engage their audiences and supporters. This session is designed to help participants learn how to strengthen and grow the base of relationships for themselves, their arts organization, or art project - today and for years to come. We will cover topics on the development cycle, how individual artists fundraise, tracking current and prospective donors, making an individual donor plan, and practicing the ask.

Dara Silverman is a consultant, organizer, and trainer who has worked to build movements for economic, racial, and gender justice over the past 20 years. She was the Executive Director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) from 2004-2009. Silverman has extensive experience developing and planning campaigns, grassroots and individual donor fundraising, strategic planning, and board development. She is a trainer for the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT), and countless individual activists and artists.

Individual Grantwriting Consultations

July 23 from 6:30–8:30pm
LMCC’s Studios at One Liberty Plaza, 12th Floor, Lower Manhattan
Available to participants who attend three or more workshops in this series, this follow-up session will match each eligible participant with a knowledgeable professional for a 20-minute consultation to review a grant proposal currently in development. Participants will be asked to submit the in-progress grant proposal prior to the consultation to allow time for a thorough review. A round table for open discussion with LMCC staff will also be available throughout the evening.

Questions? Prachi Patankar, Program Manager, Capacity Building & Community Initiatives 212-219-9401 ext. 117 /


LMCC’s Professional Development programs are supported in part by Charina Endowment Fund, F.B. Heron Foundation, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Lambent Foundation, and Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

LMCC’s Professional Development programs are also supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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