Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The application is in...

As I had mentioned in a previous post a while back, Mike McCann and I have been working on an application for a public arts commission in Minneapolis for the Hiawatha Maintenance Facility. I can officially say that we submitted our first public arts entry and are relieved that the initial process is over. One thing that I have learned is that there is alot of information and details that have to go into a public arts proposal application. From the preparation of images to be viewed on a large screen to the narrative that has to be less than 2 pages in length, yet tell them how you would be the best artistic team to use $135,000. How can one convince a panel and a group of reviewers in 2 pages or less the entire scope and ideology behind what and how you want to do something. It was worth it though. The process gave Mike and I the opportunity to review our individual artistic accomplishments up to this point and also the start of more collaborative opportunities to come. If any of you get the chance to go thru this process yourselves, I would definitely recommend it. Make sure though that you start plenty early and don't get caught up in the overwhelming paperwork that must be in place. To that, I hope that Mike and I were successful in what we submitted and anxiously await to hear what the reviewing committees have to say with the selection of the finalists.

4 comments:

Cynthia said...

Good luck with your application!

Janvangogh said...

That is a nice chunk of change. Hope you get it. Imagine a course in grant writing might not be a bad idea for artists -- along with business and marketing.

Shawn McCann said...

Thanks Cynthia. It will be fun to see what happens next!

Shawn McCann said...

I know Janet. Just think of the amount of materials one could get for that price. As for the class, it definitely would help anyone who wants to send in the apps.