This three-part workshop, led by filmmaker Tracie Holder, is open to artists working across all disciplines who have a project in development and are planning to submit to ArtSpark or generally starting the grant application process. Over three weeks, you will gain confidence in your fundraising and proposal writing abilities and develop a solid road map to begin the process. We’ll review the specific components of a proposal, how to convey ideas visually, and strike a balance between the big broad brushstroke ideas and small details that make your project come alive on the page. We’ll also cover the most common mistakes made when writing grant fundraising proposals and how to avoid them. A central goal of the workshop is to gain an understanding of how to incorporate fundraising and proposal writing into your artistic practice so that it becomes an organic step in moving your current and future projects forward.
Throughout the series, artists will work on their initial draft proposal. In-between these sessions, participants will meet using an online forum to share their work and provide feedback to one another. By the end of the workshop, you should come away with a comprehensive framework for proposal writing as well as an initial draft proposal and more confidence and direction to move forward.
If you have a draft proposal please bring it. If not, please come with a project in mind that you'd like to develop and work on during the workshop.
AcA will provide access to BaseCamp where participants will be able to communicate amongst themselves, with the facilitator and with AcA Staff.
This is an asynchronous and hybrid session. We'd love to see you in-person at this workshop but if you can't join us IRL please join us via zoom (details will be provided upon registration). This session will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend at the scheduled time and a link to the recording will be sent to all registered participants.
Tracie Holder is a filmmaker, consultant, producer and U.S. film funding specialist. She is the co-director/producer of Joe Papp in Five Acts, (Tribeca Film Festival/PBS American Masters). A 2016 Sundance Creative Producer Fellow, Holder leads workshops, tutors and serves on juries at international pitching and training forums. She has been awarded grant awards of more than $3 million for her projects from prominent funders including Ford Foundation, ITVS, Sundance, Catapult, Chicken & Egg, National Endowment for the Arts, among others. Clients include: IDFA, Ramallah Doc, Lisbon Docs, Doc Lab Poland, DOC NYC, Chicken & Egg, Black Public Media, Creative Capital, among others. Holder was a longtime consultant to Women Make Movies and served as the Development & Funding Strategist for Abby Disney’s Fork Films. She is a former board member of NY Women in Film and grant panelist for national and local U.S. funders. Producing credits include Grit, (Hot Docs/POV) and Small Town Universe and Give It a Shot, in production. She is currently developing The People’s Will, about a riot in New York in 1849 over a production of Macbeth that led to the death of 22 people. Holder was recently named an industry envoy on behalf of the American Film Showcase, a program of cultural diplomacy run by University of Southern California Film School.
Creative Acadiana is a comprehensive career development program for artists and creative entrepreneurs in Acadiana, including grant funding, workforce development courses, and professional networking opportunities to build a thriving creative sector in Acadiana.
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Founded in 1975, Acadiana Center for the Arts (“AcA”) is a community-supported nonprofit organization that fosters art and culture in Acadiana. Since its founding, AcA has developed as a major force, shaping the future of public education and community development in South Louisiana.
AcA supports the creation of new works of art, exhibits, festivals, performances, and public art across an eight-parish region that includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes.
AcA aims to bring equitable access to the arts and supports fair compensation of artists. On average, AcA serves over 300,000 people annually and provides fair compensation to 2,700 artists.
In 2013, the AcA merged with the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (“PASA”), whose mission was to educate, inspire, entertain, and culturally enrich the people of south Louisiana by providing local access to a diverse range of the performing arts. This merger supported the vision of both organizations and provided much-needed support to PASA’s programs. Founded in 1989, PASA served as a leading voice in the performing arts in South Louisiana for close to three decades.
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