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In order to give back to a profession and community, which has supported me for the past ten years, I plan to pursue Arts Admin as career number two. Injuries bring to light the reality that I cannot dance forever.

Grantwriting is a skill I am interested in developing. In January, I will begin my LEAP senior project, which will involve learning the ‘ins and outs’ of grantwriting.

A few days ago, in order to kick off my knowledge of finding arts funding, I attended a free course at the Foundation Center‘s Atlanta location. The course was Proposal Writing Basics. I was in a demographic of my own: by far the youngest in the room, the only one interested in arts funding vs. funding for a charitable organization, and the only one not looking for funding for my own organization. I find all of this rather bizarre. Atlanta has a huge arts scene. Where were all the artists? Are they not aware of the resources available to them in the city?

The course was informative; doling out lots of information, which was easily digestible. In a mere hour and a half, I learned what a proposal for funding looks like: its components, organization, etc . . . Additionally, I learned how to make the organization look the most desirable to a funder.

The resources are there, and present in cities across the country, including Atlanta, New York, Cleveland, DC, and San Francisco. They offer a variety of free and fee-based classes, as well as a multitude of funding resources.

Also check out GrantSpace!

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.