Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

CCI - How to Communicate in White People

June 18, 2020, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Topic: Fundraising

Provider/Presenting Organization: Center for Cultural Innovation

Location: Online Classes/Webinars


How to Communicate in White People

A New Approach to Writing Artist Grants


“How To Communicate in White People” examines grantwriting as an activity charged by race, class, sex, and gender. Understanding that the grants typically afforded to artists usually require multiple cultural competencies, this workshop will deconstruct application questions and demystify what artists are being asked to perform on the page.

The course will begin by identifying what a grant is and to whom they are typically awarded, then end with some strategies for transforming individual grant applications into reusable materials. Participants will be asked to bring a sample question from a grant they are interested in applying for, along with a provisional answer to that question, which we will discuss as a group.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to use the strategies it outlines for other proposal-based applications — such as admissions essays and cover letters. Artists who are curious about improving their application materials are encouraged to enroll.

*Update: Capacity increased to 50 people.*


Evan Kleekamp is a writer and researcher living in Los Angeles, where they founded NOR Research Studio. In 2019, they were a finalist for the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Arts Writers Grant. Specializing in grant, residency, and admissions applications, Evan has helped their clients receive fully funded positions in academic art programs, obtain internationally recognized fellowships, and secure organizational and individual grants.

Date & Time: Thursday, June 18, 1:00-3:00pm PDT

Online platform: A Zoom link will be emailed to those who register. 

Cost: $0-30 (sliding scale)
Please pay what you can afford. Those who are able to afford full price tickets will help subsidize those who cannot.

This workshop is supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs - City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture.

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To enroll in a workshop, you must first become a member of CCI and create a user name and password. CCI membership is free of charge and open to the public.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund on registration fees up to 48 hours prior to workshop date. Fees non-refundable after that date.


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