2014 Professional Development Workshops:
Art & Resilience and Fundraising Fundamentals
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Art & Resilience in March 2014
Registration is now open. Space is limited and registration is required for each workshop on a first-come, first-served basis.
RSVP for Art & Insurance: Who, What, When, Where, How and Why Now?
RSVP for What Your Archive Can Do For You
RSVP for Rights and Relationships: Key Legal Issues for Artists
How can artists be forward-looking and build continuity and resilience into their business practices, professional relationships, and artistic development? This sequential workshop series will cover three important areas of business practice that have taken on greater urgency for many artists in the wake of Superstorm Sandy: Record Keeping / Archiving, Insurance, and Legal Issues.
This series is designed to help artists develop knowledge, build best practices, meet experts, and explore strategies to strengthen their practices today as well as their resilience for the future. Each workshop will include an introduction and overview on emergency preparedness.
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, as well as the dates and times, may be found below. Registration opens Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12pm.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS:
Session 1 – Arts + Insurance: Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why Now?
Led by Jean Ann Douglass, Program Director of Insurance, Fractured Atlas
March 11 from 6:30–8:30pm
at Convene (32 Old Slip, Lower Manhattan)
Insurance is something we know we should have, but may not dedicate the resources and time to put in place until disaster strikes – but not all insurance policies are created equal. This workshop will review the importance of securing artists in the aspects of their financial, artistic, and personal lives, and how to prepare now, in the best way possible, for the unexpected. The session will cover different types of insurance policies that are needed, what they cover, and their costs. The goal of the session is to address barriers to getting insurance, when to consider buying insurance, and what is necessary for artists in various disciplines. This session will also cover some important points on navigating the new Affordable Health Care Act. Guest speaker Susan Koblin Schear will also provide an introduction and overview on essential resources and tips for artists in the event of an emergency.
Jean Ann Douglass is the Program Director for Insurance at Fractured Atlas. Since joining the Fractured Atlas team in 2011, she has helped thousands of artists and organizations navigate their way to affordable property, casualty, and health insurance, and is striving to demystify the insurance process for the artistic community. Douglass has been an arts administrator at various companies in New York since 2007, and holds an M.F.A. in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College and a B.F.A. in Dance and Theatre from Tulane University. When she's not fighting for your right to inexpensive insurance policies, she is creating performances and designing projections for art installations and rock bands.
Session 2 – What Your Archive Can Do For You
Led by Amy Davila, ArtSmart
March 20 from 6:30–8:30pm
at Convene (32 Old Slip, Lower Manhattan)
This workshop outlines the importance of record keeping for a flourishing artistic practice. Keeping an archive and staying organized adds ease, consistency, and protocol to the studio that can be liberating and allow artists the freedom to make their work. A smart archiving strategy will support many aspects of business and creative development. This session lays out the fundamental arguments for why artists should have an archive and offers tools and best practices that will help artists have a more organized studio and artistic practice. Guest speaker Susan Koblin Schear will also provide an introduction and overview on essential resources and tips for artists in the event of an emergency.
Amy Davila has over 15 years of art gallery experience working with such prestigious galleries as David Zwirner, David Kordansky Gallery, and Overduin & Kite. Having earned her M.B.A. from the University of Texas in Accounting, Davila worked as an international consultant for Ernst & Young LLP in Houston and San Francisco before entering the art world. In 2009 Davila founded her own consultancy business, ArtSmart, Inc., working as a financial advisor and business manager for artists and contemporary art galleries in Los Angeles and New York. Davila also designed and created the ArtSmart application, a cloud based inventory management tool for artists and galleries. Davila provides business strategy solutions, financial and career consulting, and infrastructure organization. She works with artists at varying stages of their careers and varying degrees of success as well as gallery owners to strategize about business goals, analyze budgets, and manage relationships with banks, accountants, and lawyers.
Session 3 – Rights and Relationships: Key Legal Issues for Artists
Led by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento
March 26 from 6:30–8:30pm
at Convene (32 Old Slip, Lower Manhattan)
Property loss, compensation for lost or damaged property and recovery of property are just some of the issues that artists regularly face. These issues become more urgent in cases of natural disaster, such as Hurricane Sandy. This workshop will help artists understand common property issues in relation to their artwork, as well as how to develop professional relationships and written agreements that allow for the most productive working arrangements, now and in the future. Through this introduction to key property and contractual issues, artists will be better prepared to protect themselves and their property from unexpected events and acts of god. Guest speaker Susan Koblin Schear will also provide an introduction and overview on essential resources and tips for artists in the event of an emergency.
Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is an artist and arts lawyer with a primary focus on intellectual property, moral rights, free speech, artist-gallery relationships, and nonprofit arts organizations. He received his B.A. in Art from the University of Texas-El Paso and an M.F.A. in Art from the California Institute of the Arts. He was a Van Lier Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art in 1997, and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2006. From 2006 to 2012, Sarmiento was Director of Education and Associate Director for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City. Sarmiento founded the The Art & Law Program in 2010 and teaches contemporary art and law at Fordham Law School. For more information please view: sergiomunozsarmiento.com
More about Susan Koblin Schear, additional guest speaker, Emergency Preparedness for each session.
Susan Koblin Schear, guest speaker, Emergency Preparedness, founded ARTISIN, LLC, www.artisin.com, in 1995 to offer business development to the arts sector. She recently launched, a2a® / Artist-to-Artist™, www.a2a.artisin.com, for artists, arts-related/creative-sector businesses, and those with hybrid careers to develop the business side of their creative practices: goal-setting and implementation, creative problem-solving and entrepreneurial skill-building. She focuses on all areas of planning, management and execution, facilitating collaborations, leadership and community development through the arts, and has been seminal in organizing relief for Superstorm Sandy. She teaches at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Arts and Cultural Management Program and at F.I.T. She is active on boards and committees and has received several awards and honors.
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.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS:
The Funding Ecosystem: What You Should Know Before You Start Fundraising
Led by Kay Takeda, Director, Grants & Services, LMCC
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.
Led by Haowen Wang, Program Manager, Grants, LMCC
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
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.
Grantwriting Basics for Artists
Led by Maria Michails, Artist
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.
Building and Cultivating Relationships with Individual Donors
Led by Dara Silverman, Fundraising Consultant
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
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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.